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Florida Democrats say ‘no GOP seat is safe’ in 2018

A record number Democratic candidates qualified for state races this week, and the Florida Democratic Party said now it’s time to prepare for the “Blue Wave.”

“From the Gubernatorial race, to State House and Senate, to county commissioners and mayors, we have the most qualified, committed, and exciting group of candidates we have ever seen,” said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo.

“We have a record number of people who have stepped up to run, and what this shows us is that no GOP seat is safe. After nearly 20-years of all-Republican rule, Floridians are fed-up with economic policies that don’t benefit working families, they are tired of their children’s education being shortchanged, and they are tired of leaders who have failed to take action on everything from gun violence prevention to climate change.”

Rizzo also touted a record-breaking 82 Democratic women making the ballot for state legislative races.

“Women will be the difference in 2018, I do truly believe that. They are instrumental to the success of the Democratic Party, and they feel more empowered than ever to take their future into their own hands by running for office,” she said.

It’s too early to tell whether Democrats can crack the GOP’s hold on state government by flipping the Governor’s Mansion, or possibly even the state Senate, but now that the title cards are set it’s clear heretofore underdogs’ strategy is more reminiscent of Rocky than Glass Joe.

Republicans currently hold a 23-16 advantage in Florida Senate, with one vacancy. Democrats plan to take the chamber back has been clear for months — flip Tampa Bay and field fresh, credible challengers in Gainesville-based SD 8, Lakeland-based SD 22 and Miami-Dade-based SD 36. Win five, win the Senate.

On the Tampa Bay front, Democrats have recruited House Minority Leader Janet Cruz to challenge Republican Sen. Dana Young in SD 18; former Democratic Rep. Amanda Murphy to take on former Republican Rep. Ed Hooper in SD 16, and trial attorney Carrie Pilon to challenge St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes in SD 24. None of those races will be easy, but the 2018 crop of candidates is certainly more competitive than in 2016.

In SD 8, the party likes its odds with Kayser Enneking, and she’s done her part by pulling in a respectable amount of cash for her campaign. Incumbent Republican Sen. Keith Perry still leads her in fundraising, but not by near the margin found in the Tampa races.

The fundraising gap and Republican lean is more significant in SD 22, where former circuit court judge Bob Doyel is challenging Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel. He’s a much more formidable opponent however than the 2016 Democratic nominee, Debra Wright, who to her credit still came within 7 points despite being outspent 20-to-1.

Time will tell on David Perez’ bid against Republican Rep. Manny Diaz in SD 36. Diaz is a popular and very well-funded, and Perez has only been in the race for a couple of weeks.

While the Senate roadmap is known, Florida Democrats have been less direct about their overall strategy to chip away at the GOP’s sizable majority in the House.

Republicans currently have a stranglehold on the chamber, which is split 76-41 with three vacancies. Two of those empty seats are Republican locks, and the third was a gimme for Democrats — congrats to Boynton Beach Democrat Joseph Casello, who was elected to HD 90 without opposition Friday.

At 42 seats, the party is still a dozen from the number that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and in 2018 the strategy in the lower chamber reflects a familiar adage: “You must be present to win.”

To that end, Democrats are fielding a candidate in over 100 districts, a marked increase from the 63 Democrats who took a shot in 2016. And it’s not all quantity over quality — a cursory glance the 95 House races that weren’t decided Friday jogs the memory on some of the strong candidates running under the Democratic Party banner.

In Orlando’s HD 47, Anna Eskamani has strong odds to flip the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Mike Miller. In Broward-based HD 93, Emma Collum has a genuine chance to succeed term-limited Republican Rep. George Moraitis. And in perennial target HD 63, Fentrice Driskell is raising cash and landing endorsements as she aims to unseat Tampa Republican Rep. Shawn Harrison.

Even in some districts previously thought of as moonshots, some real-deal candidates have shown up and gotten to work. In Sarasota’s HD 74, for instance, Tony Mowry is confident he can hand James Buchanan his second defeat of the year in a traditionally Republican seat. Tracye Polson is matching her GOP opponents in fundraising in her bid to flip HD 15, the seat vacated by Jacksonville Republican Rep. Jay Fant.

#8 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Jeff Brandes

The Republican state Senator from St. Petersburg fell a few slots this year. That’s not to say Jeff Brandes doesn’t have the juice he did in prior years.

And like in previous years, he had a busy 2018 Session. He sponsored some 65 bills and co-sponsored dozens more. He sat on seven committees, including as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.

He did have a couple of legislative losses, including on measures aimed at overhauling transportation as well as criminal justice reform. Among his wins: a law that bars state and local government agencies from doing with business with companies that boycott Israel, a measure protecting consumers from having to pay security fees on credit reports and a bill reducing the minimum age of corrections officers from 19 to 18 to help meet staffing demands.

Over the years, Brandes has earned a reputation for being a maverick who’s ahead of his time on everything from criminal justice to transportation. He was an early backer for ride-share technology and is a major proponent of incorporating driverless electric vehicles into the state’s public transit infrastructure.

“Sen. Brandes is a visionary, and he’s carved a powerful pathway as Florida’s thought leader on advanced technology,” said Southern Strategy Group’s Seth McKeel.

Brandes’ Senate District 24, covers most of southern Pinellas County, save for a large swath of south St. Petersburg, which is part of Democratic Sen. Darryl Rouson’s district. It was a seat newly redrawn in 2012; Brandes left the state House seat he won in 2010 to launch his successful bid for it. In 2014, he bested Democratic opponent Judithanne McLauchlan by four points, and he had no significant opposition in 2016.

This year is different, though. Brandes has a potentially strong opponent in St. Petersburg attorney Carrie Pilon, a Democrat whose husband is the son of former State Rep. Ray Pilon, a Republican.

Recent polling suggests an early lead for Brandes over his Pilon, but it’s still early, and there’s no accounting for what kind of impact the blue wave can have in a district like the HD 24.

A key advantage for Brandes is his access to seemingly boundless volumes of cash via his campaign coffers as well as his PAC, Liberty Florida.

Brandes came in fifth in 2017.

For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who made up the panel that amassed it, please read here.

Jeff Brandes adds $187K for re-election, Carrie Pilon sputters

St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes recorded another six-figure haul in his Senate District 24 re-election bid, while Democratic challenger Carrie Pilon saw a massive drop-off in fundraising in only her second month on the trail.

In a Monday press release, the Brandes campaign celebrated raising nearly $187,000 in May, the third month in a row recording a six-figure haul.

“I am truly grateful for the amount of support our campaign continues to receive each and every day,” Brandes said in a press release. “It’s a testament to the level of excitement for our message and what we want to accomplish for our community and our state. I look forward to continuing to take our message to the voters.”

The Pilon campaign stayed quiet about their comparatively meager haul, a stark change from a month ago when the first-time candidate and her team were loud and proud about their slim April fundraising win.

The trial lawyer indeed outraised Brandes by a few thousand dollars in her inaugurals, but her May reports measure in at a quarter the size of her April ones — $26,680 for her campaign and zilch for her committee, Moving Pinellas Forward.

That brings Pilon to about $131,000 raised and $124,000 on hand 60 days into her campaign.

Brandes’ campaign report wasn’t viewable via the Florida Division of Elections Monday afternoon, though his committee, Liberty Florida, reported receiving $143,000 in its new report.

Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company topped the committee report with a $25,000 check. The Florida Chamber of Commerce showed up with a $15,000 check, followed by Duke Energy and Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson’s Jobs for Florida political committee at $10,000 apiece.

Brandes’ release didn’t mention his overall on hand total. However, Liberty Florida entered June with $237,743 in the bank. By the end of April, the campaign account had $457,782 on hand.

On April 30, Brandes had $568,000 on hand compared to $102,000 for Pilon. Depending on how much his campaign spent, that $450,000-plus cash advantage could balloon well past $600,000.

‘Leave us the heck alone’: Beach towns seek meeting with state lawmakers on short-term rentals

The mayors of Pinellas County’s beach communities want to find a way to reclaim their power to restrict short-term rentals in their towns. The first step will be to organize a roundtable discussion involving state legislators and others involved in the short-term rental business.

The mayors who make up the Big-C, the Barrier Islands Government Council, have been railing against the state law that prevents them from having any say in how long or how often a person can rent his or her property in a residential area.

The mayors related story after story of neighbors upset with loud parties, parking problems and strangers wandering around all hours of the night. They want to be able to stop it but Florida law won’t let them.

Also at issue is Senate Bill 1400, sponsored in part by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. That bill may come before the next sitting of the Legislature.

Brandes, according to the mayors at the Big-C meeting on May 30, has not shown any inclination to back away from the state having control over the municipalities regarding the rentals.

Bill Queen, the mayor of North Redington Beach, said he met with Brandes recently and the senator stuck with the stance he has mentioned in the past.

“He said property rights must be protected and they are residential in nature,” said Queen. “That means in residential neighborhoods.”

Queen also quoted Brandes as saying the grandfather clause can’t go on forever.

The grandfather clause relates to 2011 when the first piece of legislation was passed limiting municipalities’ rights to restrict short-term rentals. From that point on towns could not pass local ordinances which limited the frequency or number of times residents could rent their property. Local laws already on the books would be “grandfathered” in.

In a letter he wrote outlining his stand against short-term rentals, Queen spoke of the negative issues that arise when the rentals cannot be restricted.

“Noise, traffic, parking, garbage and safety,” he wrote. “All of these issues would be handled by local law enforcement. However, unlike a permanent resident that can be communicated with on a continuing basis the weekly or nightly turnover of people would cause repeated violations of the same offenses.”

“Opening up the residential neighborhoods to these issues is counterproductive to the peace, serenity and safety that we currently enjoy in our homes; all things that are not for sale for any amount of tax revenue as touted by the proponents of these bills,” he wrote.

Queen concluded his letter by suggesting the solutions to the problem would be the elimination of the 2011 legislation and the election of state representatives most sympathetic to their cause.

Indian Rocks Beach Mayor Cookie Kennedy added to the discussion by saying there is no middle ground on the issue.

“You can’t be in the middle,” she said. “Short-term rentals pit neighbor against neighbor. We want respect and it doesn’t happen with this. People are having parties all the time.”

Kennedy suggested having a roundtable discussion, which would bring together all the players in the issue.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos threw a note of caution into the discussion.

“We have to take the emotion out of it,” he said. “We need to talk to our legislators and get them to understand what we’re talking about.”

Queen replied that after meeting with the legislators several times nothing has changed.

“We don’t seem to be getting anywhere,” he said.

“We have to stop throwing stones at them and take the emotion out,” replied Cretekos. “We’re saying the same thing just from a different perspective.”

Kennedy reiterated her desire to have a roundtable discussion and said the beach towns have to enlist allies in their fight.

“The county has a piece in this too and they have said they will revisit their laws,” she said. “We need to branch out and get other towns involved; there is strength in numbers.”

St. Pete Beach Mayor Alan Johnson summed up his feelings in one sentence.

“Leave us the heck alone.”

Johnson told a story of a single woman who was afraid to leave her house at night because of rowdy parties going on next door.

“We have varying degrees of the problem going on all over,” he said.

Brandes was not at the meeting but his representative was.

Melissa Meshil, his legislative assistant, told the group that Brandes wants to get involved with the mayors.

“He wants to advance the discussion,” she said. “There is no pathway to repealing the 2011 law but he wants to hear solutions.”

Further discussion on the issue from the audience included the difficulty of enforcing any regulations that may be on the books.

“Often renters are instructed to say they are friends of the owners,” said Cretekos.

State Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, commented that the issue won’t stop here.

“They want to take away the nuisance laws, and they might encroach on condo bylaws,” Peters said.

In the end, the mayors voted unanimously to hold a roundtable discussion in Indian Shores with the date to be determined.

Solar-as-a-service coming to Sunshine State

Floridians who want solar panels on their rooftop but are skittish about the cost will soon have an option: Sunrun.

The solar-as-a-service biz is coming to the Sunshine State this summer with plans allowing customers to start generating their own electricity for as little as $0 upfront.

And thanks to the company’s home battery, “Brightbox,” that power can be used rain or shine — a convenient option during hurricane season, no doubt, and much cleaner and less noisy than your typical backup generator.

“Freedom is a value Americans hold dear. In offering Floridians solar-as-a-service, households in the Sunshine State are given the freedom to make, control, and store their own energy,” said Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich. “Unfortunately, too many Floridians have experienced firsthand the effects of extreme weather and power outages.

“Home solar and batteries provide peace of mind and backup power when disaster strikes, keeping food fresh and the lights on.

“Affordable and resilient, home solar also contributes to a healthier environment for households and communities across the state. Home solar is already playing a major role in America’s future energy system, and Sunrun is thrilled to lead the industry as Florida embraces this technology.”

The company is rolling out its service to Central Florida and Tampa Bay residents first — if it says TECO, Duke or OUC on your bill, you’re in luck — with plans to expand service to the rest of the state shortly.

Lawmakers from the region heralded the company’s arrival, with Orlando Sen. Linda Stewart saying the company “will give Central Florida residents greater access clean energy choices, lower energy costs, and continued momentum for local job growth in our state’s renewable energy market. This is the Sunshine State and Floridians should be able to take full advantage of an abundant, emissions-free energy source that contributes to a healthier community while remaining affordable.”

St. Pete Sen. Jeff Brandes added, “As an advocate for consumer choice, I am excited to see new options for Floridians that will make solar more affordable and accessible to residents across the state. With our population projected to grow by five million people by 2030, the time for Floridians to invest in energy diversity is now.”

Those interested in the service can check out the available plans on Sunrun’s website, and those in the initial service area ready to make the plunge can give the company a call at 1-888-GoSolar.

Matt Caldwell touts ‘tenth wave’ of Ag Commissioner endorsements

Lehigh Acres Republican Rep. Matt Caldwell added another 10 names to his extensive list of backers Thursday.

The bulk endorsement — his tenth since entering the Cabinet race — includes Republican pols from across the Sunshine State, many of them from Brevard County.

St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes, Tequesta Rep. MaryLynn Magar and Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst made the Thursday announcement alongside a list of Brevard electeds that included Palm Bay Rep. Randy Fine, Sheriff Wayne Ivey, County Commissioners John Tobia and Kristine Isnardi, Melbourne Councilmember Paul Alfrey and Palm Bay Councilmembers Brian Anderson and Tres Holton.

“I always stand up for our Second Amendment rights and I am excited to support the only candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture that does the same, Matt Caldwell. Matt has the energy, integrity, and guts to lead as our next Commissioner of Agriculture,” Ivey said.

“Most importantly, he is the only candidate to have an A rating from the NRA every year he has served in office and he has always stood strong for the 2nd Amendment rights of Floridians. I am asking all Floridians to get behind Matt Caldwell and help him become our next Commissioner of Agriculture.”

Brandes described Caldwell as “a principled conservative that is committed to limited government,” adding that the “choice is clear” in the four-way Republican Primary to replace Adam Putnam. Tobia, a former member of the Florida House, said his former colleague was “the most qualified candidate in the race.”

Caldwell’s prior “waves” mainly focused on legislative delegations from across the state, including House Republicans in the Panhandle, Northeast Florida, Central Florida, Southwest Florida and South Florida. He has also snagged nods from the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, U.S. Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney, and one-time primary rival Paul Paulson.

“I’m proud that these individuals have placed their trust in me to lead Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We are the only campaign running a truly statewide race and we will continue that same work ethic and statewide focus when elected,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell faces Sebring Sen. Denise Grimsley, retired U.S. Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Winter Haven Rep. Baxter Troutman in the Republican Primary.

The primary election is Aug. 28.

New polling: Jeff Brandes, Dana Young begin re-election campaigns with nine-point leads, while Amanda Murphy, Ed Hooper tied

Two incumbent state Senators enter the summer with nine-point leads over their Democratic challengers, while two former state Representatives seeking an open seat in the Senate are essentially tied, fresh polling shows.

Pinellas Republican Jeff Brandes leads Democratic trial lawyer Carrie Pilon 48-39, according to a survey conducted by St. Pete Polls, while a separate survey shows Hillsborough’s Dana Young up over Janet Cruz Rifkin by the same 48 to 39 percent margin.

And while the Republicans lead in those two battleground races, Democrat Amanda Murphy leads Republican Ed Hooper by less than a point — a surprising position given that she entered the race for Senate District 16 less than a month ago.

All three robopolls were conducted over the Memorial Day weekend and only include responses from those voters who said they intend to vote in the November elections.

The races for Senate Districts 16, 18, and 24 will likely decide the course, if not control, of the Florida Senate as the Democrats have identified the three seats as a package of six they are likely to target during the 2018 election cycle.

The key to Brandes and Young’s leads is that they are holding their bases better than their Democratic counterparts. Brandes keeps 75 percent of Republican voters, while Pilon takes 65 percent of Democrats; Young commands 76 percent of the GOP vote, while Cruz Rifkin wins just 62 percent of Democrats.

(By the way, we see you working Matt Isbell … we’re also intrigued by Young’s lead over Cruz with Hispanic voters).

Murphy’s lead, which comes in a district with a distinct Republican performance (R+5) advantage, is buoyed by her strong performance with independent voters as well as Democrats. The New Port Richey Democrat polled at 78 percent among her own party’s voters and held a 3-point edge among independents, 41-38, with 20 percent undecided.

Hooper holds a slim lead among voters aged 30 to 49 and has a 4-point edge among men. Murphy has a slight lead among all other age groups and has a 5-point advantage among women, who made up 54 percent of the sample.

The new poll of the Pasco-Pinellas battleground also shows Murphy with strong support among Republicans — nearly 1 in 5 likely GOP voters are behind her, while only 12 percent of Democrats were willing to cross party lines for Hooper.

That metric is one Florida Democrats were banking on when they recruited Murphy, who overperformed the party in each of her three elections in House District 36. In her last race she outperformed the top of the ticket, coming within just 691 votes of re-election in a seat Donald Trump won by 20 points.

In the SD 24 poll, Brandes holds major leads in nearly every subset of voters. He leads by double digits among men, white voters, young voters, and voters over 70. The incumbent Republican also edges out Pilon by 9 points among women, 4 points among voters aged 30 to 49 and by 2 points among voters aged 50 to 69.

Pilon did poll better among independents, 42-40, as well as nonwhite voters, however, her 30-point lead among black voters and a 15-point lead among Hispanic voters come in a district where those demographics combine to less than a tenth of registered voters.

The GOP has a 4-point advantage in voter registrations within SD 24, though it was carried by Barack Obama in both of his presidential elections before going plus-7 for Trump in 2016.

In SD 18, Young is enjoying similar leads in the crosstabs — she’s the pick for men (49-38), women (47-40), white voters (52-37), Hispanic voters (51-35), independents (46-41) and all age groups. She also has the backing of more than a fifth of Democrats polled.

SD 18 is the most competitive of the three Tampa Bay-area seats on paper. Democrats make up a larger share of the electorate, and it voted for the Democratic nominee in the last three presidential elections, including a 5-point win for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Where all three Republicans hold irrefutable leads is in fundraising.

Through the end of April, Brandes had more than $550,000 on hand to Pilon’s $100,000 after her first month; Young has $1.1 million banked compared to $267,000 for Cruz; Hooper has $358,000 on hand with Murphy’s first report still pending.

Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

On: Connie Ennis is a new administrative assistant for the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee.

On: Karina Pereira is a new legislative assistant for Fort Lauderdale Democratic Sen. Gary Farmer.

On: Elise Minkoff is the new legislative assistant for St. Petersburg Democratic Sen. Darryl Rouson.

Off: Vanessa Thompson is no longer legislative assistant for St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes.

Off: Shawn Hall is no longer legislative assistant for Boynton Beach Democratic Rep. Joseph Abruzzo.

On: Kavanjote Birdi is the new district secretary for Miami Democratic Rep. Robert Asencio.

On: Brandon Johnson is the new district secretary for Ocoee Democratic Rep. Kamia Brown.

Off: Rebekah Hurd is no longer legislative assistant for St. Cloud Republican Rep. Mike La Rosa.

Off: Janine Kiray is no longer district secretary for Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala.

Off: Dylan Fisher is no longer legislative assistant for Ormond Beach Republican Rep. Tom Leek.

Off: Sarah Sims is no longer legislative assistant for Naples Republican Rep. Bob Rommel.

On: Shorty Robbins is the new district secretary for St. Johns Republican Rep. Cyndi Stevenson.

On: Melissa Santoro is the new district secretary for Wellington Democratic Rep. Matt Willhite.

Carrie Pilon - SD 24

It’s abundantly clear who is supporting Carrie Pilon’s SD 24 bid

Carrie PilonOn the surface, Democratic attorney Carrie Pilon seems to be gaining traction in her Senate District 24 bid, challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes.

In reality, most of Pilon’s support is coming from one specific constituency — trial lawyers.

For its first reported month, Pilon’s campaign bragged about raising $104,433 between the campaign account and an associated committee, Moving Pinellas Florida.

What they failed to mention — of the $54,433 raised by the campaign, over 70 percent of that was directly from trial attorneys and associated organizations. And Moving Pinellas Forward received just a single $50,000 contribution — from “Florida for All, Inc.,” a well-known pass-through for trial attorneys and out-of-state Democratic activists.

Pilon’s contributions came from 149 donors, many listing occupations as “attorney.”

Another clue to who is the source of her support can be found on the invite for the Carrie Pilon for State Senate campaign kickoff event Tuesday evening; the host committee is made up of a large group of current and former attorneys.

There is little surprise that trial attorneys are lining up behind Pilon. As a law firm owner and former prosecutor, she is a member of the Florida Justice Association, which represents state trial attorneys. The FJA is also a longtime Brandes adversary.

As reported by POLITICO Florida, the FJA routinely testifies against “Brandes-sponsored legislation” on autonomous vehicles, one of his top Senate priorities. Lawyers are mostly concerned over legal liabilities in regards to self-driving cars.

Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Alexa Chappell is no longer staff director for the House Democratic Leader’s office.

Off: Bo Pittman is no longer program manager for the House Property Management Division.

Off: Whitney Langston is no longer an attorney for the House Health & Human Services Committee.

On and off: Sharon Nehring his replacing Alex Bickley as a legislative assistant for Lady Lake Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley. Nehring previously served as legislative assistant for Mount Dora Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan.

Off and on: Kasey Lewis is a legislative assistant for Boynton Beach Democratic Sen. Lori Berman. She was previously a legislative assistant for Wellington Democratic Rep. Matt Willhite.

Off: Laura McLeod is no longer legislative assistant to Plantation Democratic Sen. Lauren Book.

Off: Jay Ferrin is no longer legislative assistant for St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes.

Off: Nicholas Alvarez is no longer a legislative assistant to Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores.

Off: Jerome Maples is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Democratic Sen. Audrey Gibson.

Off: Sarah Schwirian is no longer legislative assistant to Brandon Republican Sen. Tom Lee.

Off: Kayla Lott is no longer a legislative assistant to Gainesville Republican Sen. Keith Perry.

Off: Delano Allen is no longer legislative assistant for West Palm Beach Democratic Sen. Bobby Powell.

Off: Leila Wilson is no longer legislative assistant to St. Petersburg Democrat Sen. Darryl Rouson.

Off: Chad Davis is no longer a legislative assistant to Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel.

Off: Erika Grohoski is no longer executive district secretary for Miami Democratic Sen. Annette Taddeo.

Off and on: Paula Tonelli is replacing Matthew Floyd as a legislative assistant to Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young.

Off: Darryl Banks is no longer legislative assistant to Miami Democratic Rep. Nicholas Duran.

Off: Kathleen Larsen is no longer district secretary for Cape Coral Republican Rep. Dane Eagle.

On: Brett Nolan is the new district secretary for Jacksonville Republican Rep. Jason Fischer.

Off and on: Kimberly Simon moved from district secretary to legislative assistant, Joshua Aman is the new district secretary and Trent Phillips is no longer legislative assistant for Tampa Republican Rep. James Grant.

Off: Victoria Brill is no longer legislative assistant to Venice Republican Rep. Julio Gonzalez.

Off: Catherine Thomson is no longer district secretary for Stuart Republican Rep. Gayle Harrell.

On: Marina Braynon-Moore is district secretary for West Park Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones.

Off: Robyn Bryant is no longer district secretary for Dover Republican Rep. Lawrence McClure.

Off and on: Sarah Goldman is replacing Ashley Overend as a legislative assistant for South Pasadena Republican Rep. Kathleen Peters. Goldman is now both LA and district secretary.

Off and on: Roger Castano became district secretary, Roberto Alvarez moved from district secretary to legislative assistant and Luis Callejas is no longer legislative assistant for Miami Beach Democratic Rep. David Richardson.

On: Krissy Kulavic is district secretary for Estero Republican Rep. Ray Rodrigues.

On: Jade Swaby became district secretary for Tampa Democratic Rep. Sean Shaw.

On: Ed Sol is returning as district secretary for Boca Raton Democratic Rep. Emily Slosberg. He earlier held the same position in 2017.

Off: Ian McConnell is no longer legislative assistant for Dover Republican Rep. Ross Spano.

On: Jessica Porter is the new district secretary for Palm Harbor Republican Rep. Chris Sprowls.

Off and on: Elizabeth Casimir is replacing Donntay Cooper as district secretary for Miami Gardens Democratic Rep. Barbara Watson.

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