NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
Oviedo Republican Kathryn Townsend filed paperwork Monday to challenge incumbent Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in House District 28, according to the state Division of Elections website.
Brodeur had raised nearly $180,000 through May as he seeks a third term in the Seminole County district. Also running in House District 28 is Oviedo Libertarian Franklin Perez.
Meanwhile, Ormond Beach Democrat Noel Bickford has opened a campaign account to run in House District 25, which is being vacated by Rep. Dave Hood, a Daytona Beach Shores Republican who is running for a circuit-judge seat.
Bickford joins former state Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach, in seeking to succeed Hood in the Volusia County district. Also in that region of the state, St. Augustine Republican Derek Hankerson has filed paperwork to run in Senate District 6, which includes St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties and part of Volusia County.
Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, also has opened a campaign account to run for re-election in the district, though questions have emerged in recent weeks about whether Thrasher will be chosen to become president of Florida State University. A third person indicating he will run for the seat is no-party candidate Greg Feldman of Palm Coast.