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Goodson to run in House District 51 in 2016


State Representative Tom Goodson (R-Titusville) announced this morning that he will run in District 51 in 2016, instead of the D50 seat he’s currently in. He will be running to succeed House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merrit Island).

“I look forward to moving back to my home in Rockledge,” said Rep. Tom Goodson. “If given the opportunity, I would be honored to represent central Brevard for the last two years in which I am eligible to serve. In the meantime, I will remain a resident of and represent District 50 in the Florida House until the end of my current term, which concludes on November 8, 2016.” Goodson said in a statement.

The announcement ends speculation that Goodson would run for State Senate in District 13 to replace Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando). He had established a PAC called Paving Florida’s Future, that fueled rumors he would be fundraising aggressively for that seat.

This opens up Goodson’s House 50 seat which stretched into Orange County. So far only Tiffany Shavonne Dziekan has filed as an NPA.

Republican Chadwick Hardee told OPO earlier this month that he would run for the seat if Goodson did not (story HERE). Democrat and public educator Sean Ashby, who ran against Goodson in 2012, is another possibility.

Goodson has announced he'll be running in 51 next year

Goodson has announced he’ll be running in 51 next year


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    • Delta Charles Yeti on

      FYI, Goodson has NEVER lived in Dist 50 as he claims, but his homesteaded residence is south of Rockledge in the current D51. He has NO residence in his elected district 50. This allows him to run in a district that permits him to operate legally, IF HE WINS.

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