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Brian McLaughlin | Communications Director – Committee to Elect Alison Foxall
SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2017): On Tuesday, it became official – Libertarian Alison Foxall has qualified via the petition route to be on the Feb. 2018 special election ballot for Florida House Dist. 72.
Of the 478 petitions submitted on Monday, 400 were deemed valid by the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections. Candidates for Dist. 72 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. The other two candidates in the five-candidate field will have to pay the qualifying fee later this week.
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. Foxall issued the following statement:
“The past month has been a rollercoaster. If you would have asked me a
month ago if I was considering a run for office, I would have told you maybe in
4 years or maybe never. But when our Representative resigned, I thought to
myself, this is it. It’s time to pick up the torch of liberty and finish out her term.
To have collected over 500 petitions, and submitting nearly that amount, and
hearing back we have well over the required amount verified? It’s incredible
and I feel very supported by our community.”
If all five filed candidates qualify this week, the Democrats and Republicans will have a primary in December, while Foxall will go straight to the Feb. 13 special election. 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.