Sunday, June 24, 2018
Politics

Four state Senate and House candidates face no opposition

TAMPA — One state senator and three state representatives in districts that include Hillsborough County were reelected without opposition Friday.

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Reps. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, Dana Young, R-Tampa, and Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, faced no opposition in their districts when the deadline to file for the nine House and three Senate seats that include swaths of Hillsborough passed at noon Friday.

Only two races will see primary elections.

Five candidates, including four Democrats and one write-in, are vying to succeed term-limited Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, in District 61.

District 64 will also see a Republican primary between incumbent Rep. James Grant and Miriam Steinberg.

Six races drew no primary opposition but will be decided in the general election.

Here are the candidates:

State Senate:

District 22: Incumbent Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg; Judithanne McLauchlan, Democrat

District 24: Incumbent Tom Lee, R-Brandon; Brandon R. Thebeau, write-in; Steven P. Warren, write-in

District 26: Incumbent Galvano

State House:

District 57: Incumbent Raburn

District 58: Incumbent Daniel D. Raulerson, R-Plant City, Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa, write-in

District 59: Incumbent Ross Spano, R-Dover, Donna Lee Fore, Democrat.

District 60: Incumbent Young.

District 61: Democrats Edwin "Ed" Narain, Sean Shaw, Sharon Carter, Tatiana M. Denson and write-in Nicole Santiago.

District 62: Incumbent Cruz.

District 63: Incumbent Mark Danish, D-Tampa; Shawn Harrison, Republican.

District 64: Incumbent James Grant, R-Tampa, Daniel John Matthews, write-in; Miriam Steinberg, Republican.

District 70: Incumbent Darryl E. Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, Justin M. Bauford, write-in; Philip Garrett, no party affiliation.

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