Libertarian candidate Alison Foxall says she will personally deliver nearly 500 signed petitions to the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections office Monday afternoon to qualify to run in the special election in House District 72.
Foxall is one of five candidates who have entered the race since freshman Republican Alex Miller abruptly announced her resignation a month ago. Republicans James Buchanan and Alexandra Coe and Democrats Ruta Jouniari and Margaret Good make up the rest of the field.
More than two dozen campaign volunteers went door to door collecting petitions over the past ten days to get the 305 signatures required for Foxall to qualify.
“It was challenging,” Foxall said about gathering the petitions signatures. “When we started petitioning, I didn’t have power restored yet at my home, thanks to Irma. But my team and I persevered and got the job done. I knocked on a lot of doors this weekend, sometimes in the rain. Many people that I talked to were excited, not only because I’m not a part of the old establishment Republican and Democrat parties, but also because I was genuinely their neighbor down the road.”
The primary election for HD 72 will take place December 5, with the general election to follow on February 13.
The deadline for candidates to enter the race is Sept. 28.