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Murphy qualifies for state House race

State Rep. Amanda Murphy this week qualified to run for re-election in this year's state House District 36 race in west Pasco County.

Murphy, who won the seat in a special election in October, qualified by petition, meaning she turned in enough voter signatures to have her name placed on the ballot.

Candidates can also qualify by paying a filing fee of $1,781.82 (for party affiliated candidates).

In Murphy's case, the Pasco supervisor of elections certified enough voter signatures – 1,012 – to qualify her as a candidate in the upcoming election. She qualified this past Monday.

So far, she is the only candidate in the race to qualify and the only Democrat running.

Also running are two Republicans, Jim Mathieu and Chris Gregg. Both have said they intend to qualify by petition as well.

Mathieu, chairman of Pasco's Republican Party, said Friday he has about 60 percent of the necessary signatures. Efforts to reach Gregg were unsuccessful.

The candidates still have plenty of time to gather signatures. The deadline to qualify is June 16 to June 20.

The primary is Aug. 26. The general election is Nov. 4.