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Bill Galvano, Jim Boyd to return to Tallahassee

State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton
State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton Bradenton Herald

Two Bradenton state representatives will return to Tallahassee for another term.

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was the sole candidate to qualify for the District 21 Senate seat and Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, was the sole candidate to qualify for the District 71 House seat.

According to the state Division of Elections site, Galvano qualified by petitions while Boyd qualified by paying the qualifying fee.

In the District 73 House race, all three candidates have qualified: Republicans Joe Gruters and Steve Vernon and Democrat James Golden. The race will be decided Nov. 8.

State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who represents District 73, was one of seven candidates who qualified for the District 23 Senate seat. The Republican is facing other GOP candidates Doug Holder, Rick Levine, Nora Patterson and Ray Pilon in the Aug. 30 primary. In the Democratic primary, the candidates are Frank Alcock III and Frank Cirillo.

In District 70, which includes parts of Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, three Democrats are running: C.J. Czaia, Dan Fiorini and Wengay “Newt” Newton. The winner of the primary will take office, replacing Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.

Rouson was one of five candidates who qualified for the District 19 Senate seat. The Democrat is facing other Democratic candidates Edwin Narain, Betty Reed and Augie Ribeiro. The winner of the primary will face Republican candidate John Houman in November.

Claire Aronson: 941-745-7024, @Claire_Aronson

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