Two incumbents and two newcomers have filed papers this week to run for House seats in 2014, according to the state Division of Elections website. The incumbents are Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Titusville, in District 50, and Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed, D-Deerfield Beach, in District 92. The newcomers are Eustis Republican Randy Glisson in District 31 and Pinellas Park Republican Joshua Simeon Black in District 68. Glisson would seek to replace Rep. Bryan Nelson, an Apopka Republican who will face term limits in 2014, while Black would challenge Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg. Also filing papers recently was Fritz Jackson Seide, an Orlando Republican who would challenge Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, in Senate District 12. Meanwhile, Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Royal Palm Beach, filed papers to run in 2016 in Senate District 25. Even further out, Venice Republican Doug Holder has taken the first step toward running in 2018 in Senate District 28. Filing the papers, at least in part, allows candidates to raise money for the campaigns.
With lawmakers getting ready to take up issues such as possible changes in government pension systems, the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties are building large lobbying teams for the upcoming session. As of Friday, 17 legislative lobbyists had registered for the Florida League of Cities and 13 were signed up for the Florida Association of Counties, according to state registration lists posted online. Other groups and companies that have reached double digits in lobbyists this week include the Florida Medical Association, with 13; Associated Industries of Florida, with 11; the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, with 11; The Florida Bar, with 11; American Traffic Solutions, Inc., with 10; the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, with 10; and TECO Energy, Inc., with 10.