Republican Sen. Travis Hutson today announced that he has qualified by petition to run for re-election for the Florida Senate District 7 seat he won in a special election last year.
District 7 includes all of Flagler County, portions of Volusia County and of St. Johns County. Its boundaries were redrawn somewhat last year by court order, and the district re-numbered, from 6 to 7, shedding Putnam County and picking up more of Volusia County. The net result is a slightly less Republican district, though it is still solidly Republican.
Hutson faces no opponent in the Aug. 30 primary so far. Qualifying does not end until June 24. One Democrat has filed to run, Curtis Ceballos of Palm Coast.
For Hutson, this represents the fourth election in four years. He’s won his previous three. His first two were for the House seat that includes Flagler County, in 2012 and 2014. He won the special election last year to replace John Thrasher, who resigned the seat to become Florida State University’s president. Hutson defeated Daytona Beach’s David Cox in the special election.
Hutson needed 1,552 signed petitions to qualify. His office said that so far 1,570 petitions have been verified. Absent petitions, he would have had to pay 6 percent of his salary at the senate, or $1,781.82. Money has not been an object for Hutson: he’s taken in $61,535 so far in contributions.