Democrat Margaret Good qualifies by petition for HD 72 race
Congratulations to Margaret Good, who will now face James Buchanan in the HD 72 special general election.

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Democrat Margaret Good qualified for the House District 72 special election Tuesday by submitting more than 400 petitions from local supporters.

“I’m proud of the effort our team organized in a matter of days to garner the support of hundreds of voters from around the district,” said Good, a Sarasota-based attorney. “The response we’ve seen from voters demanding new, progressive leadership in Tallahassee has been overwhelming.”

“Over the course of the past week, I have met so many of the incredible people who call this district home. I have listened to their ideas and appreciate the encouragement they have given me,” Good continued. “I thank all of the volunteers who walked the district with me and collected petitions from their family and friends. We are going to win this election by working together!”

Good is one of two Democrats filing for the seat that suddenly became available after Republican incumbent Alex Miller abruptly stepped down last month.

The other Democrat in the contest is businesswoman and community activist Ruta Jouniari, who like Good announced her candidacy last week. SPB reported Monday on some irregularities regarding Jouniari’s paperwork in filing for the office.

Much of the Democratic establishment appears to be coalescing around Good, however. In the news release announcing her candidacy, Democrats like House Minority Leader Janet Cruz,  future House Democratic leader Kionne McGhee and former Sarasota County Democratic Party Chairwoman Christine Jennings all listed as endorsing her candidacy.

“Having worked side by side with her for years, it’s heartening to see our community embrace Margaret,” said Sarasota City Commissioner Hagen Brody in a statement. “She has what it takes to be a pragmatic and thoughtful advocate for Sarasota’s values in the Florida House.”

“I found great support for Margaret among friends who are fed up with how things are run in Tallahassee, particularly in today’s era of Trump,” adds Lou Grossman, a local Democratic precinct captain and volunteer. “With her credentials and commitment, she will make a great representative for District 72 and all of Florida.”

The Department of State confirmed Tuesday that by submitting 441 petitions — about a quarter more than the 305 required — Good is approved to appear on the December 5 Democratic primary ballot.

Realtor James Buchanan, the son of Congressman Vern Buchanan, has already raised $165,835 for the race. He’s set to square off against Alexandra Coe in the GOP primary December 5. The General Election is February 13.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].

One comment

  • Claire Snyder-Hall

    September 28, 2017 at 8:19 am

    The contention that there are irregularities in Ruta Jouniari’s paperwork is, sadly, fake news. How unfortunate that dirty tricks are starting so soon and in the Democratic primary.

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