Lawrence McClure, the 30-year-old Plant City Republican who announced last week that he was entering the special House District 58 election to succeed Dan Raulerson, has qualified for the ballot by petition, his campaign announced Wednesday.
“It’s humbling to have hundreds of voters from across our community respond so enthusiastically to our campaign and the conservative principles we stand for and believe in,” McClure said. “I’m excited for the coming weeks where we will continue to spread our conservative message to every corner of District 58. I have to thank our great volunteer network and all those who gave their time and signature to help us qualify for the ballot.”
McClure is a partner with environmental consulting firm Streamline Environmental and says he has spent a decade working closely with state legislators on legislation impacting the environment, as well as agriculture and small business communities.
The other major Republican in the race is local businesswoman and civic leader Yvonne Fry.
Raulerson announced last week that he was resigning from his House District 58 seat effective Aug. 15. Governor Rick Scott has set Oct. 10 for the primary election and Dec. 19 for the general election.
District 58 covers much of east Hillsborough County, including areas of Plant City, Dover, Mango, Thonotosassa and Temple Terrace.