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Let the Races Begin

June 20th, 2008 by flanews

Candidates start your engines. The first official step in the campaigning season ended today at noon. State and County candidates had all week to file the proper paper work and pay a fee to get their names on the ballot. Several state senators and house representatives won reelection because no one qualified to run against them. In years past people waited to the last minute to file their paper work. Secretary of State Kurt Browning says a change in the law has helped people qualify without traveling to Tallahassee.

The laws been changed that provides that candidates can file papers 10 days prior to the qualifying period. As a matter of fact we encourage candidates to file the papers early so we can go ahead and check those and get the websites updated as soon as twelve noon when the first day gets here, said Browning.

A Miami Dade House Hopeful waited till the last day to qualify. Democratic Candidate Juan Espinosa is running for a Miami House seat. Espinosa is 4- feet 2 inches tall, but that hasnt gotten in his way of achieving his professional goals. Espinosa is a television and movie actor. He says the failing economy has impacted his family and now he wants to do something about it.

My Grandfather lost his house because he couldnt afford the tax rates and I want to see if I can bring solutions to all those problems, because Ive seen in the past nothings been done, said Espinosa.

The Secretary of States office hopes to have a list of every one who qualified on its website by 6 oclock tonight. For a list you can go to www.dos.state.fl.us and click on Candidate Listing for 2008.

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