Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Re-Election with No Race for Detert and Rouson

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Re-Election with No Race for Detert and Rouson

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QUALIFYING: Deadline day brings other candidates last minute opposition

Without having to win a single vote, state Sen. Nancy Detert and state Rep. Darryl Rouson automatically won re-election on Friday after no candidates qualified to run against them in 2012.

Detert, a Venice Republican, and Rouson, a Democrat who represents parts of Manatee and Sarasota, will get new two-year terms in the Florida Legislature.

They were the only two of the area's seven state legislators and two members of Congress not challenged for re-election by the noon at the end of the five-day qualifying period.

Three other candidates who appeared to be on the cusp of winning re-election saw those hopes upended when last-minute candidates joined their races.

"I was definitely not expecting that," said state Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who learned just before the noon deadline that his 2010 Republican opponent, Bob McCann, filed to run against him again in 2012, but as an independent in the new House District 73.

McCann, a doctor, finished last in a three-way Republican primary with Steube and Jeremiah Guccione. Steube won 53 percent of the vote to McCann's 19 percent.

McCann said in a press release that the party system is broken and needs fresh blood.

"It's time to throw out the establishment candidates and return the government to the people of District 73," McCann said.

Steube said he looks forward to promoting his record.

State Senate hopeful Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, also found a late challenger. Galvano has long appeared to be the only candidate in the running for the new Senate District 26, which runs from Manatee County to Lake Okeechobee.

But Highlands County Democrat Paula House, an attorney, qualified Thursday to run against Galvano, who is also an attorney. House said she saw no one else had filed and thought voters deserve to at least have a choice. …

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