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Darryl Block qualifies by petition for HD 29 race

Democratic Florida House candidate Darryl Block has qualified for the ballot in his quest to be elected in House District 29.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office notes that Block, a lawyer from Lake Mary, has delivered 1,101 valid petition signatures, one more than he needed to qualify.

He aims to take on Republican incumbent state Rep. Scott Plakon to represent north central Seminole County, and there are two other Democrats in the primary field, Tracey Kagan and Patrick Brandt, both lawyers from Longwood. Block is the first to qualify for the ballot.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about getting out there and connecting with voters,” Block stated in a statement posted on Facebook. “I’m confident that our grassroots organization will bring about the change Seminole County and Florida deserve.

Block, also a former social worker, entered the race in January. To date, his campaign has raised about $10,000, including $4,500 of his own money that he put in, and finished April with about half of that left in the bank. Plakon had more than $67,000 in the bank going into May. Kagan raised $15,000, including $5,000 of her own money in two weeks after filing to run last month, and had more than $14,000 of that left to start May. Brandt, who entered the race in September, stopped fundraising activities in January, though he has not filed to withdraw, and entered May with about $1,000 in his campaign account.

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