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Ben Diamond files for re-election in 2020

Gulf Breeze Republican Alex Andrade and St. Petersburg Democratic Rep. Ben Diamond filed paperwork this week to seek re-election to the Florida House in 2020.

Andrade is the soon-to-be Representative for House District 2, which covers parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. He defeated late entrant Greg Merk by 20 points in the Republican primary for the seat two weeks ago.

Since there are no other candidates for the seat, he’s primed to replace Republican Rep. Frank White, who gave up the seat for an unsuccessful bid in the Republican primary for Attorney General. He is the third person to hold HD 2 in as many election cycles.

Nearly two years out from the 2020 primary elections, Andrade is the only candidate in the race. He had about $15,000 left in his 2018 campaign account as of Aug. 23.

Diamond put in his paperwork for another term on Tuesday. He was one of 25 incumbent lawmakers who were re-elected without opposition when the qualifying period for state offices ended in late June.

Diamond was first elected to represent Pinellas County-based House District 68 in 2016, when he defeated Republican nominee Joseph Bensmihen by 12 points. As of June 22, Diamond had about $98,750 in unspent funds in his campaign account for the 2018 cycle.

Andrade and Diamond make for a dozen candidates who have filed to run for a state House seat in 2020. The only other incumbents to take that step are Winter Haven Republican Rep. Sam Killebrew and Placida Republican Rep. Michael Grant.

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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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