With five of its seven state House seats coming open, Pinellas County will see major turnover in its House delegation in 2022, and possibly a few tough battles.
But only a couple of the open seats are likely to be seriously competitive in the general election.
Two Pinellas state representatives, Republicans Chris Latvala of Clearwater and House Speaker Chris Sprowls of Palm Harbor, are term-limited; their future political plans aren’t certain yet.
Nick DiCeglie, R-Indian Rocks Beach, is running for the state Senate, and Democrats Ben Diamond and Michele Rayner of St. Petersburg are running for Congress.
Only Reps. Linda Chaney, R-St. Pete Beach, and Traci Koster, R-Tampa, whose district extends into Pinellas, plan to run for re-election.
In Sprowls’ strongly Republican District 65, Republican Adam Anderson has built a big early financial war chest based heavily on contributions from lobbyists and PACs, facing Democrat Kelly Lynn Johnson.
In DiCeglie’s strongly Republican District 66, a primary battle is building among three Republicans, Berny Jacques, Alen Tomczak and Jennifer Wilson.
In Latvala’s District 67, a potential swing district, former House member Kim Berfield faces two lesser-known Republicans, Jason Holloway and Jim Vricos, and Democrat Joseph Saportas.
In Diamond’s District 68, also a potential swing district, only Democrat Lindsay Cross has filed.
And in Rayner’s heavily Democratic District 70, three Democrats have filed — former House member Wengay Newton, Christian David Hotchkiss and Trevor Mallory.
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