Sunshine Staters: Meet your candidates for federal office

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

TAMPA — Florida‘s political season is ready to move full steam ahead.

With the statewide primary for the Democratic and Republican parties set for Aug 14, voters in theSunshine State have been presented with a slate of 120 candidates for27 House congressional seats and 11 for the U.S. Senate.

Of those seeking office in the U.S. House of Representatives, 53 filed as Republicans and 36 as Democrats, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

The one Libertarian, 19 independent and 11 write-in candidates will be eligible only for the general election in November.


The six Republicans competing for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, are:

Nelson will be challenged in the Democratic primary by health entrepreneur Glenn Burkett, of Naples.

Former Army Lt. Chris Borgia, of Davie, businessman Bill Gaylor, of Melbourne, and businessman Ron McNeil, of Melbourne, will be on the Senate ballot as independents.

Read more: Florida Watchdog

Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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