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What A Coincidence

The Local Puppy Trainer reports that a Democrat enters District 4 state House race

A Democrat has thrown her hat and a monkey wrench into the ring in the special election for the District 4 state House.

Navarre resident Jan Fernald paid her qualifying fee Friday to join the five Republican men campaigning for the job. Friday was the last day to qualify to run.

Because she is a Democrat, Fernald’s entry in the race closes the March 23 primary and extends the special election calendar to April 13, when a general election will be held.

Because of the way the district boundaries were created after the 2000 Census, the party primaries have become the de facto election in many areas of Florida, including the Panhandle. As a result of a lot of pressure the election law was changed so that if the primary will determine the seat, the primary is open, i.e. everyone can vote in it.

That happened in one election cycle following the introduction of the law. After that, magically someone appears to run for the office, so the primary can be closed. I have never heard of Ms Fernald, and so I don’t want anyone to assume that I’m saying that this is anything other than a coincidence that she should decide to run at the last possible date. It’s just another one of those strange coincidences that seems to occur in the Florida electoral system… in every election.

2 comments

1 Badtux { 03.08.10 at 11:08 am }

How much money would you bet that Ms. Fernald was registered as a Republican until sometime last week?

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin
.-= last blog ..The Andrew Mellon Flu =-.

2 Bryan { 03.08.10 at 10:20 pm }

The presence of a Democrat in Santa Rosa county is definitely a rarity, but it could happen… in one of the multiple universes.

Every so often we get someone who retires down here and decides that they can solve all of the problems if they are elected to office. They don’t understand that the system is designed to make that impossible.

Normally the Republicans just find an “independent” to file as a write-in candidate. It’s cheaper.