Candidate filing period passes for congressional races in Florida

The filing deadline to run for congressional office in Florida is April 24. Neither of Florida’s two U.S. Senate seats are up for election in 2020. All 27 of Florida’s U.S. House seats are up for election. The incumbents filed for re-election in 25 of those 27 districts, leaving two seats open. The incumbents who filed for re-election include:

  • District 1: Matt Gaetz (R)
  • District 2: Neal Dunn (R)
  • District 4: John Rutherford (R)
  • District 5: Alfred Lawson (D)
  • District 6: Michael Waltz (R)
  • District 7: Stephanie Murphy (D)
  • District 8: Bill Posey (R)
  • District 9: Darren Soto (D)
  • District 10: Val Demings (D)
  • District 11: Daniel Webster (R)
  • District 12: Gus Bilirakis (R)
  • District 13: Charlie Crist (D)
  • District 14: Kathy Castor (D)
  • District 15: Ross Spano (R)
  • District 16: Vern Buchanan (R)
  • District 17: Greg Steube (R)
  • District 18: Brian Mast (R)
  • District 20: Alcee Hastings (D)
  • District 21: Lois Frankel (D)
  • District 22: Ted Deutch (D)
  • District 23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
  • District 24: Frederica Wilson (D)
  • District 25: Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
  • District 26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
  • District 27: Donna Shalala (D)

District 3 Representative Ted Yoho (R), who is currently serving his fourth term in the House, did not file for re-election. In December 2019, he announced he would not seek re-election because of his pledge not to serve more than four terms. District 19 Representative Francis Rooney (R), who is currently serving his second term in the House, also did not file for re-election. In October 2019, he announced he would not seek re-election and said, “I’ve done what I came to do, and I want to be a model for term limits.”

Florida’s primary is scheduled for August 18. The general election is on November 3, 2020.

Florida’s filing deadline was the 36th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is in Massachusetts on May 5, which is the deadline for candidates to file with local election officials.

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