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Libertarian Alison Foxall announces HD 72 bid

Libertarian Alison Foxall announced Monday that she would run for House District 72, which opened up after freshman Rep. Alex Miller unexpectedly resigned last week.

“I am stepping up to represent the district that I’ve lived in for 25 years and will carry our constituents’ voices to Tallahassee with me. I’m ready to earn my neighbors’ vote so that I can cut wasteful spending, eliminate unnecessary barriers to entry for many industries, and cut individuals’ tax burden here in Florida,” Foxall said.

Foxall is an alumna of the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, where she earned a degree in Mass Communications. She is also a graduate of Booker High School in Sarasota.

Gov. Rick Scott has not set a special election for HD 72 yet, and Foxall follows Republican James Buchanan, son of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, in announcing her candidacy.

The Sarasota County seat has a Republican lean, and whoever ends up winning the GOP primary for the seat will have a significant advantage in the election.

Miller went up against one of the best funded Democrats in 2016, Edward James III, and ended beating him with 58 percent of the vote on Election Day.

Last week, Miller announced she was stepping down from her seat in order to spend more time with her family and look after her business.

“As a mother with two teenage boys who is the CEO of a rapidly growing business, I have come to the conclusion that I must spend more time at home than my service in the Legislature would allow,” she wrote in her resignation letter.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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