The first of Florida’s two qualification periods runs this upcoming week, from noon on Monday, April 30 to noon on Friday, May 4. This is the Federal and state judicial election qualification period.
Qualification will occur for United States Senator, United States Representatives, State Supreme Court retention, District Court of Appeal retention, Circuit Court elections and County Court elections.
In the United States Senate race, looks like neither Bill Nelson nor Rick Scott will have any credible primary opposition. No sane Democrat would run against Nelson and Scott’s position is strong enough that he has scared off most challengers.
Most of the 27 United States Representative races will have both vigorous primary challenges as well as general election challenges. Republicans could lose several seats here, given that the State Supreme Court has made the map far more competitive.
C. Alan Lawson is the only Supreme Court Justice up for retention this cycle, three other Supreme Court Justices are retiring at the end of their current term in January 2019 due to statutory age limits.
A number of District Court of Appeals Judges are up for retention.
A very large number of Circuit Court Judge and County Court Judge seats are up for election, fortunately, only a small percentage will likely be actively contested.
The second Qualifying week will run from noon on Monday, June 18 to noon on Friday, June 22. During that week, qualification will occur for the Governor and Cabinet races, both Houses of the State Legislature, county offices and special district offices as well as some municipalities.
A third Qualification period in mid to late August will cover remaining municipal races.