Political Agenda 02/20/2019

House District 38
Two Republicans and a Democrat are vying in a special election to fill the vacant seat in Florida State House District 38. Danny Burgess had been re-elected to the post, but vacated it after Gov. Ron DeSantis offered him the position of executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. 

The Republican candidates that have qualified for the race are Randy Maggard and David “Mac” McCallister. Candidate Kelly Smith, a Democrat, also has qualified.

The primary election between the Republicans will be on April 9, the same day as municipal elections in Zephyrhills, St. Leo and San Antonio. The general election for District 38 has been set for June 18.

Municipal elections

  • Two seats are open on the San Antonio City Commission. As of The Laker/Lutz News’ press deadline, these candidates had pre-filed: Mark B. Anderson, James Markley and Jody Lazzara.
  • Two seats are open on the St. Leo Town Commission. As of The Laker/Lutz News’ press deadline, no candidate had filed for Seat No. 2, and Curtis M. Dwyer has qualified for Seat No. 4.
  • Two seats are open on the Zephyrhills City Council. As of The Laker/Lutz News’ press deadline, Lance Smith had qualified for Seat No. 1 and Manny Funes had pre-filed for the seat; and, Kenneth M. Burgess Jr., had qualified for Seat No. 4.

The election is scheduled for April 9.

Other election news

  • James R. Cutting has pre-filed as a candidate for Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, challenging incumbent Brian E. Corley, who also has pre-filed as a candidate.
  • Brandi Geoit has pre-filed as a candidate for Pasco County Commissioner District 5.

Endorsements
Florida State Sen. Joe Gruters has endorsed Randy Maggard in the special election contest to fill the vacancy in State House District 38, according to the Maggard campaign. Gruters is the chairman of the Florida Republican Party and served as co-chairman of the 2016 Trump campaign in Florida.

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