FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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Brian McLaughlin | Communications Director
SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2017): Alison Foxall’s campaign is having a Kickoff Meet and Greet a week from today, and all constituents and local media are invited to the event.
Foxall, who qualified in late September for the Florida House Dist. 72 special election on Feb. 13, will host the event at The Daiquiri Deck South Siesta Key (1250 Stickney Pt. Road) on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. and complimentary appetizers will be provided. For media, Campaign Director Jess Mears (727-262-8061) will be available on site for any questions. Randy Wiseman, who has already filed to run for Florida Governor in 2018 on the Libertarian ticket, will be just one of the featured speakers at the event.
Foxall released a statement ahead of the Oct. 14 event:
“The response and energy from the community about this campaign is astonishing. We have volunteers pouring in wanting to know how they can help elect me. It’s very humbling. I look forward to meeting new supporters and curious voters next Saturday on the Key that are ready to shake things up in Tallahassee.”
On Sept. 26, Foxall qualified for the race via the petition route, as her volunteer team had 400 of their 478 submitted petitions deemed valid by the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections. Candidates needed 305 valid petitions to avoid the qualifying fee.
Foxall’s campaign gathered more validated petitions than Democrat challenger Margaret Good (393), and Republican James Buchanan’s campaign had only nine more than Foxall’s. One other Democrat entered the race by paying the fee, setting up a Democrat primary in December—while Foxall and Buchanan are now locked into the Feb. 13 ballot.
The Florida House 72 seat came open in August when incumbent Rep. Alexandra Miller (R) abruptly announced her resignation just short of 300 days after being elected. Foxall announced her intention to run on Aug. 27, just days later.
According to state election records, Foxall is one of only two Libertarians to have qualified for ballot access in a state special election via the petition route, the last being in 1998. During the petition drive — post-Hurricane Irma — 25 volunteers went door-to-door for six days to gather more than 500 signatures.