State and county candidates had all week to file the proper paperwork and pay a fee to get their names on the ballot. Several state senators and house representatives won reelection because no one qualified to run against them.
In year's past people waited to the last minute to file their paperwork, but the Secretary of State says a change in the law has helped people qualify without traveling to Tallahassee.
“The law’s been changed that provides that candidates can file papers 10 days prior to the qualifying period. As a matter of fact we encourage candidates to file the papers early so we can go ahead and check those and get the websites updated as soon as twelve noon when the first day gets here,” says Secretary Kurt Browning.
For a list of everyone who qualified, go to www.dos.state.fl.us and click on Candidate Listing for 2008.