A Republican candidate has filed for the Florida House seat held by incumbent Pensacola Beach Republican Mike Hill, which may signal the freshman representative’s intent to run for Greg Evers’ Senate seat.
This past Wednesday, Frank White filed for House District 2, becoming the only other Republican running in the GOP stronghold, which has been held by Hill since he won the special election to replace Rep. Clay Ford in 2013.
White, the son-in-law of Pensacola car dealership magnate Sandy Sansing, is vice chairman of the board of trustees for Pensacola State College and also works as the managing director of investment group SF Partners.
His entry into the race is likely in preparation of Hill announcing for the Senate. Evers is debating whether he will run for the congressional seat now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, who announced he will not seek re-election.
If Evers were to make the jump, Hill would likely face fellow Republican Reps. Clay Ingram and Doug Broxson in the primary race for Senate District 2 — and their GOP-leaning House seats would draw some new faces into the 2016 race as well.
At the start of the 2016 Legislative Session, Hill had raised about $55,000 and had a little over $8,000 on hand in his campaign account. The only other candidate running for HD 2 is Democrat Raymond Guillory, who filed for the seat in early February and has yet to bring in any campaign contributions.