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It’s qualifying time.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Ken Detzner reminded officeholders and contenders about the qualifying period coming up for Congress (U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative), judges, and state attorney and public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit in southwest Florida.

That’s next week, from noon on April 30 to noon on May 4.

Qualifying papers are currently being accepted under a state law permitting paperwork to be filed 14 days before the beginning of qualifying, Detzner said.

“2018 will be a busy election year in Florida, and I encourage all candidates who plan to run for office to file qualifying papers within the permissible window,” he said in a statement.

“Information about qualifying is available on the Division of Elections’ website and the Division’s staff is here to help.”

The Division of Elections’ website will be updated as qualifying paperwork is received, he added.

Evening Reads

U.S. Chamber places 6-figure ad hitting Bill Nelson on economy” via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida

Ricardo Rosselló pushes to empower Florida Puerto Ricans to support Puerto Rico” via Scott Powers of Florida Politics

BSO deputies took cover during Parkland massacre, cop sys – and one knew where shooter was” via Nicholas Nehamas of the Miami Herald

Investigators: School design contributed to massacre” via Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson of the Associated Press

Marco Rubio challenges legitimacy of Brightline financing” via Lisa Broadt of the TC Palm

Local fishing leaders hit Washington to advocate for Everglades restoration” via Jaclyn Bevis of NBC 2

Dana Young: Let’s get the medical marijuana licensing train rolling” via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics

Meet the Florida Senate’s newest member: Lori Berman” via

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