TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Several seats in the Florida Legislature are up for grabs this year as current representatives and senators face term limits. The candidates who will be on the ballot in November in several districts was determined on Tuesday.
Florida House District 42 Republican primary
Florida’s 42nd State House District covers parts of Polk County. The seat is currently held by Republican Mike La Rosa, who cannot run again this year because of term limits.
Fred Hawkins won the Republican primary in District 42 on Tuesday night and will face Democratic candidate Barbara Ann Cady in November.
Florida House District 55 Republican primary
District 55 covers part of Highlands County. Republican Cary Pigman currently holds the seat but cannot run again this year because of term limits.
Kaylee Tuck won Tuesday night’s Republican primary, earning her a spot on the ballot in November opposite Democratic candidate Linda Tripp.
Florida House District 56 Democratic primary
The 56th District covers parts of Hardee and Polk counties. Republican Melony Bell currently represents District 56 and is running for re-election this year unopposed within her party.
James Davis won Tuesday night’s Democratic primary and will challenge Bell in November’s general election.
Florida House District 59 Republican primary
District 59 covers part of Hillsborough County and is currently represented by Democrat Adam Hattersley. Hattersley is not running for re-election in the Florida House and ran for U.S. Congress instead, but lost in a Tuesday night primary.
Michael Owen won the Republican primary in District 59 on Tuesday night and will face Democrat Andrew Learned, who did not have a primary challenger.
Florida House District 67 Democratic primary
District 67 covers part of Pinellas County. Republican Rep. Chris Latvala is the current representative and is running for re-election again this year.
Dawn Douglas won the Democratic primary on Tuesday and will run against Latvala in November.
Florida House District 70 universal primary
District 70 covers parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. The seat is currently held by Democrat Wengay “Newt” Newton who is running for Pinellas County Commission.
Four candidates ran in a universal primary Tuesday night to determine who will replace Newton. All four candidates are Democrats but voters in all parties will be able to vote because there is no Republican candidate.
Michele K. Rayner won Tuesday night’s primary, earning 31.3% of the vote.
Florida House District 72 Republican primary
District 72 covers part of Sarasota County. The seat is currently held by Democrat Margaret Good, who is running for U.S. Congress this year.
A Republican primary taking place Tuesday night will determine which of three candidates ends up on the ballot in November. Tuesday’s winner will face Democrat Drake Buckman, who did not have a Democratic primary challenger.
Florida Senate District 21 Republican primary
Florida Senate District 21 covers parts of Hillsborough and Manatee counties. Republican Senate President Bill Galvano currently holds the seat but cannot run again this year due to term limits.
Jim Boyd won the district’s Republican primary on Tuesday with 90% of the vote, landing him a spot on the ballot in November. He would have faced Democrat Amanda Linton in the general election but Linton dropped out last week. It’s not clear yet who will replace her on the ballot.
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