Republican Rebecca Negron became the first candidate in the race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District to qualify to appear on the ballot via petition Wednesday, securing the 2,298 required verified signatures in the Treasure Coast seat.
Negron, a Martin County School Board member, said the milestone was a testament to her campaign’s vigor and momentum.
“I am encouraged and honored that I am now qualified to appear on the ballot to represent Congressional District 18 for the upcoming Republican Primary on August 30,” said Negron. “Reaching this milestone by petition is further proof that Congressional District 18 voters are not only hearing our conservative message, but hearing a message they embrace for the future of their community and nation.”
“I am grateful to the dedicated volunteers who helped us to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot on August 30. My team and I have enjoyed meeting and speaking with the people of this community,” added Negron.
The wife of Senate President-designate Joe Negron, Rebecca Negron is perhaps the favorite in a crowded field in to replace U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in the moderate South Florida swing seat.
Among the Republican candidates for the job are Carl Domino, who was the Republican nominee for the seat in 2014, as well as Marc Freeman and Rick Kozell. On the Democratic side, self-funder Randy Perkins appears to be the frontrunner.
A registered nurse, Negron has served on the Martin County School Board since 2012. She has racked up endorsements from Florida lawmakers including Congressman Tom Rooney and state Reps. MaryLynn Magar, Debbie Mayfield, and Gayle Harrell.