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Ex-Democrat chair, former legislators to run in 2020
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Ex-Democrat chair, former legislators to run in 2020

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Former Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant and two South Florida Democrats who lost re-election bids last year plan to run for legislative seats in 2020.

Tant opened a campaign account Thursday to run in Leon County’s House District 9, which is expected to be open because Rep. Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee, is running for the Senate, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Meanwhile this week, former Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, opened a campaign account to run in Senate District 35, which will be open because Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, faces term limits in 2020. Campbell lost a re-election bid in 2018 in nearby Senate District 38. Also attempting a comeback in 2020 is former Rep. Roy Hardemon, a Miami Democrat who has opened an account to run in House District 108. Hardemon lost the seat in 2018 to North Miami Democrat Dotie Joseph.

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With attention starting to focus on 2020 races, a flurry of candidates opened accounts in recent days as the first formal step in their campaigns. They included Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, in House District 25 and Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, in House District 35.

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Also, Orange Park Republican Sam Garrison opened an account to run in House District 18, which will become open because Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Fleming Island, faces term limits. Similarly, Kissimmee Republican Bienvenido Valentin Jr. opened an account in House District 42, which will become open because Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, faces term limits.

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