2022 Elections: List of candidates in the greater Tampa Bay region
The deadline for candidates to qualify in Florida for state senator and representative races was noon Friday. Here's a list of the candidates who qualified for both federal and state elections ahead of the party primaries on Aug. 23. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Two Congressional districts in the region should be hotly contested.
Eight people have qualified for a newly redrawn Congressional district that includes western St. Petersburg and southern Pinellas County. On the Republican side are Anna Paulina Luna, Amanda Makki, Kevin Hayslett and Christine Quinn, who ran against Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor two years ago. The winner of August's primary will face Eric Lynn, the sole Democrat to qualify. State Representative Ben Diamond and Michele Rayner dropped out after being drawn out of the district.
Castor's seat now includes downtown St. Petersburg. The Democrat faces a primary challenge from Christopher Bradley, with the winner facing Republican James Judge in November.
Incumbent Republican Scott Franklin is leaving Congressional District 15, which includes northern Hillsborough, southern Pasco and northeastern Polk counties. Democrat Alan Cohn is running again and will face off against three other Democrats. Several heavyweight Republicans are running, including state Senator Kelli Stargel, state Representative Jackie Toledo and former Secretary of State Laurel Lee.
Here's a list of some of the local races coming up this year:
U.S. House of Representatives (In districts serving the greater Tampa Bay area)
- Bilirakis, Gus Michael (REP) *Incumbent
- Martin, Jack (REP)
- Perras, Brian (REP)
- Preskitt, Sid (REP)
- Smith, Charles (WRI)
- Craft, Frank (Libertarian)
- Curnow, Jacob Daniel (WRI)
- Hayslett, Kevin (REP)
- Luna, Anna Paulina (REP)
- Lynn, Eric (DEM)
- Makki, Amanda (REP)
- Quinn, Christine Y. (REP)
- Young, Dwight (WRI)
- Brown, Gavin (DEM)
- Cohn, Alan M. (DEM)
- Geller, Eddie (DEM)
- Grimes, Demetries "Commander" (REP)
- Lee, Laurel (REP)
- McGovern, Kevin "Mac" (REP)
- Ramirez, Cesar (DEM)
- Stargel, Kelli (REP)
- Toledo, Jackie (REP)
- Bevan, Andrew (DEM)
- Kale, Andrea Doria (DEM)
- Murray, Theodore "Pink Tie" (NPA)
- Steube, Greg (REP) *Incumbent
- Franklin, Scott (REP) *Incumbent
- Hartpence, Kenneth "Kenny" James (REP)
- Hayden Jr, Keith R. (NPA)
- Schmeling, Wendy June (REP)
- Raybon, Jennifer (REP)
- Serratore, Leonard L (WRI)
State Senate (In districts serving the greater Tampa Bay area)
State House of Representatives (In districts serving the greater Tampa Bay area)
- Hacker Jr, Charles "C.J." (CPF)
- Papadopoulos, Gabriel (REP)
- Sollberger, Brad (REP)
- Steele, Kevin M. (REP
State Attorney, Circuit Judge, and Public Defender races can be found on the Florida Department of State website.