SARASOTA, Fla. (Heartland Newsfeed) — Alison Foxall, Libertarian candidate for Florida’s 72nd House District, delivered nearly 500 signed petitions to the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Monday to qualify on the ballot to run in the special election. The seat became vacant last month following the abrupt resignation of freshman Republican Alex Miller.
Foxall is one of five candidates who have entered the race, including the candidates facing off in the December 5 special primary election – Republicans James Buchanan and Alexandra Coe and Democrats Ruta Jouniari and Margaret Good.
More than two dozen campaign volunteers went door-to-door collecting petition signatures in the past two weeks to get the required 305 signatures to qualify for the ballot.
“It was challenging,” Foxall said. “When we started petitioning, I didn’t have power restored yet at my home, thanks to [Hurricane] Irma. But my team and I persevered and got the job done. I knocked on a lot of doors this weekend, sometimes in the rain. Many people that I talked to were excited, not only because I’m not a part of the old establishment Republican and Democrat parties, but also because I was genuinely their neighbor down the road.”
The filing deadline for candidates to enter the race is Thursday, September 28. The special primary election will be held December 5, with the special general election set to take place on February 13, 2018.