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Randolph Bracy, Jason Brodeur avoid primaries in Senate races

And Victor Torres picks up a late-entry GOP opponent for November.

Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy and Republican Senate candidate Jason Brodeur avoided primary challenges late Friday when potential party opponents failed to qualify for the Aug. 18 ballot.

Democratic Sen. Victor Torres picked up a late-entry Republican opponent in Senate District 15.

Bracy of Ocoee will face Republican rival Joshua Adams of Winter Park in November in his bid for a second term representing Senate District 11 in western Orange County. Democratic challenger Charles Law Jr. of Orlando, who filed in 2018 to challenge Bracy, did not qualify for the ballot at the close of the qualifying period Friday.

Brodeur, a former Representative from Sanford, also has a clean shot to the November general election in Senate District 9 covering Seminole County and parts of southern Volusia County. His prospective Republican primary opponent, Alex Kristowicz  of Maitland, filed Thursday to run but did not qualify by the Friday deadline.

Brodeur can sit back and wait while a crowded Democratic primary sorts out an opponent for him. Five qualified for the Aug. 18 ballot: employment and labor lawyer Patricia Sigman of Altamonte Springs, lawyer Alexis Carter of Altamonte Springs, engineer Rick Ashby of Oviedo, activist H. Alexander Duncan of Geneva, and health care worker Guerdy Remy of Altamonte Springs.

The Democrats and Brodeur are vying for the seat long occupied by Republican Sen. David Simmons, who is leaving because of term limits.

Independent candidate Jestine Iannotti filed recently and qualified for the November ballot in SD 9.

Meanwhile, Torres of Orlando picked up a last-week general election opponent when former Orange County Sheriff candidate Lou Minnis of Gotha switched from that race to challenge Torres in SD 15 this week.

Minnis, a former Orange County Deputy Sheriff now in the security business, said he reevaluated the prospects of how he could be most effective in an elected office, with all of the social unrest and the coronavirus crisis, and decided Tallahassee was the place to be.

Minnis’ decision also meant there is no Republican running for Orange County Sheriff.

There also will be an independent candidate in the SD 15 general election, Mike James of Kissimmee.

In another Central Florida Senate contest, Democratic Sen. Linda Stewart of Orlando and Republican challenger Josh Anderson, an Orlando entertainment production specialist. will meet in November for the Senate District 13 that Stewart represents covering much of northern, central and eastern Orange County.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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