We know the November ballot is long. But it actually would've been even longer if several local races hadn't been decided before the general election.
Two candidates are all but assured of victory because they face only token write-in opposition. Both Kurt Browning (superintendent of schools) and Mike Fasano (House District 36) easily won their primary elections in August and only face a blank line in this campaign.
County Commissioners Jack Mariano and Ted Schrader were re-elected in the August primary because no Democrat ran against them. School Board member Joanne Hurley won another term in August. Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, also won another term after beating a Republican opponent and having a write-in candidate drop out. Rep. John Legg, R-Trinity, won the District 17 state Senate seat covering parts of Pasco and Hillsborough after he won a GOP primary and a Democratic opponent withdrew.
Several officials were lucky enough to win their seats without any opposition.
Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, earned a fourth term in June when no one else filed to run in District 38. In another legislative race, egg farmer Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, will appear on the ballot but is assured of victory. His Democratic opponent for Senate District 18 dropped out and the party failed to find a replacement.
Others who won re-election without opposition include: Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, School Board member Alison Crumbley, and county judges William Sestak, Marc Salton, Anne Wansboro and Candy VanDercar.
Lee Logan can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6236.