If you plan to run for Congress in 2014, then you may want to get your paperwork in order and empty out your bank account this morning. Candidates have until noon today, May 2, 2014 to qualify to be on the primary or general election ballot in Florida. If you plan to run for other public offices such as Governor and Cabinet, State Senator, State Representative, County Offices or any of the Special Districts, then you have until the middle of next month to qualify.
Many Florida U.S. House candidates have already qualified and were legally able to do so at the beginning of this week. As of this morning, in Florida's District 22 race incumbent Lois Frankel is the only Democrat to have qualified and so far, there are three Republicans who will face off in the primary on August 26, 2014, another had announced, however has not yet qualified. There also could be one or two last minute candidates who did not announce, however may file their qualification papers this morning. Also, District 22 has a Write-In candidate who has qualified by the name of Raymond Schamis.
There are only two Libertarian Party candidates who have announced to running for the U.S. House this year and they are Matt Schnackenberg in District 11 and Ray Netherwood in District 19. Libertarian Ray Netherwood has qualified and will be on the ballot for the District 19 Special Election being held on June 23, 2014. The disgraced Trey Radel, who resigned after being arrested under cocaine possession charges, made the District 19 seat available. Netherwood has been running an active and serious campaign in the Pinellas County district.
We will be doing a follow-up story once all the candidates have qualified so we know for certain who will be on the ballot for voters to choose. Unlike the general media, we will keep you informed of all the candidates running in the political races, not just the Republican and Democrats.