State Representative Bob Cortes released a video today announcing that he had submitted the necessary petitions to qualify to be on the ballot for his re-election bid in State House District 30. In the video, Cortes said they had submitted over 1,100 petitions and “should be completely done and ready to be qualified to be on the ballot.”
In the minute-long video Cortes also thanked his supporters for their help in gathering petitions and pointed out that his campaign was the first campaign in the district to qualify. The two other candidates in the race, both Democrats, have not yet qualified by petition. One candidate has not submitted any petitions, while another has submitted 147 according to the Department of State. Candidates are required to submit 1,056 petitions to qualify and avoid paying a filing fee.
Cortes is running for re-election in what would be his third term in office. Having defeated Scott Sturgill in a Republican primary in 2014, he went on to beat incumbent Democrat Karen Castor Dentel in the general election. In 2016, he defeated attorney Ryan Yadav after going unopposed in the Republican primary.
He has no Republican opponent and announced in the video that his team would now be walking each weekend with their “eye on November as always.”