On the Ballot for Collier Voters — Part 2

In this post, I provide an overview of the federal and state government races and candidates that will be on Collier County voters’ August primary ballots. I did the same for the local races and candidates, and a local referendum in my last post.

In the coming weeks, as in prior elections, I will dive into each of the major candidates that will be on the August ballot and summarize and share with you what I learn.

For now, here’s the rest of the big picture.

Federal Government Races

U.S. Senate

Members of the U.S. Senate are elected by voters in their state in partisan elections, and serve for six-year staggered terms.

Only registered Democrats will have a Senate race on the ballot in August because only one Republican is running. It will be a closed primary.

The candidates for U.S. Senate are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
3/31/22

On the
Ballot
Marco Rubio (incumbent) REP marcorubio.com $ 30.2 MM General Election
Val Demings DEM valdemings.com $ 30.8 MM DEM Primary
Ricardo De La Fuente DEM no website no data DEM Primary
Brian Rush DEM no website no data DEM Primary
William Sanchez DEM sanchezforsenate.com $ 0.3 MM DEM Primary
Steven B. Grant NPA stevenbgrant.com $ 0.0 MM General Election
Tuan TQ Nguyen NPA letsbe-american.com $ 0.0 MM General Election
Dennis Misigoy LIB misigoy.com $ 0.0 MM General Election

All voters will choose between incumbent Republican Marco Rubio, the winner of the Democrat Primary, the two NPA candidates, and the Libertarian Party candidate in the General Election in November.


U.S. House of Representatives

Members of the U.S. House are elected by voters in their districts in partisan elections, and serve for two-year terms.

Florida congressional district map
Florida’s 28 Congressional Districts

Florida gained one seat in the 2020 redistricting due to population growth, and now has 28 seats in the U.S. House.

Forty-four (44) percent of Collier County’s voting age population (VAP) live in the new District 19, 55 percent live in the new District 26, and just 1 percent live in the new District 18.

Find your congressional district.

Only registered Republicans will have a congressional race on the ballot in August. They will be closed primaries.

Only one Democrat is running in each of Districts 19 and 26, and no Democrats are running in District 18.

District 19

The new District 19 has part of Collier and Lee counties.

Only registered Republicans will have a House race on the ballot in August because only one Democrat is running. It will be a closed primary.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Cindy Banyai in November.

The candidates for Congressional District 19 are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
3/31/22

On the
Ballot
Byron Donalds (incumbent) REP byrondonalds.com $ 3.8 MM REP Primary
Jim Huff REP jimhuff4congress.com no data REP Primary
Cindy Banyai DEM cindybanyai.com $ 0.1 MM General Election

District 26

The new District 26 has parts of Collier and Miami-Dade counties.

Only registered Republicans will have a House race on the ballot in August because only one Democrat is running. It will be a closed primary.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Christine Alexandria Olivo in November.

The candidates for Congressional District 26 are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
3/31/22

On
the Ballot
Mario Diaz-Balart (incumbent) REP mariodiazbalart.com $ 1.1 MM REP Primary
Darren Aquino REP aquino4congress.com $ 0.0 MM REP Primary
Christine Alexandria Olivo DEM christineforcongress.org $ 0.1 MM General Election

District 18

Collier voters make up just one percent of the voters in the District 18, and they live in about half of the unincorporated town of Immokalee. The majority of District 18 voters live in the Polk County; the rest live in parts of De Soto, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties.

Only registered Republicans will have a House race on the ballot in August. It will be a closed primary.

The winner will face an NPA candidate and a Write-In in November.

The candidates for Congressional District 18 are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
3/31/22

On the
Ballot
Scott Franklin (incumbent) REP votescottfranklin.com $ 0.6 MM REP Primary
Kenneth J. Hartpence REP votehartpence.com no data REP Primary
Jennifer Raybon REP jenniferraybonforcongress.com $ 0.0 MM REP Primary
Wendy Schmeling REP wendyschmeling.org no data REP Primary
Eduardo Tarazona REP no website no data REP Primary
Keith R. Hayden Jr. NPA no website no data General Election
Leonard Serratore WRI no website $ 0.0 MM General Election

Florida Executive Branch Races

Governor

The Governor is elected by all Florida voters in partisan elections. The term of office is four years, and there is a two-term limit.

Only registered Democrats will have a Governor race on the ballot in August. It will be a closed primary.

The winner will face Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis in November.

The candidates for Governor are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
5/31/22

On the
Ballot
Ron DeSantis (incumbent) REP rondesantis.com $10.9 MM General Election
Charlie Crist DEM charliecrist.com $ 4.9 MM DEM Primary
Nikki Fried DEM nikkifried.com $ 2.2 MM DEM Primary
Candace Daniel DEM candacedaniel.com $ 0.0 MM DEM Primary

Attorney General

The Attorney General is elected by all Florida voters in partisan elections. The term of office is four years, and there is a two-term limit.

Only registered Democrats will have a Attorney General race on the ballot in August. It will be a closed primary.

The winner will face Republican incumbent Ashley Moody in November.

The candidates for Attorney General are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
5/31/22

On the
Ballot
Ashely Moody (incumbent) REP ashleymoody.com $ 1.2 MM General Election
Aramis Ayala DEM aramisayala.com $ 0.1 MM DEM Primary
Jim Lewis DEM jimlewis4florida.com $ 0.0 MM DEM Primary
Daniel Uhlfelder DEM danielforag.com $ 0.1 MM DEM Primary

Commissioner of Agriculture

The Commissioner of Agriculture is elected by all Florida voters in partisan elections. The term of office is four years, and there is a two-term limit.

Registered Republicans and registered Democrats will have closed primariesfor Commissioner of Agriculture in August. The winners will face each other in November.

The candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
5/31/22

On the
Ballot
James Shaw REP votejim.com $ 0.1 MM REP Primary
Wilton Simpson REP wiltonsimpson.com $ 1.8 MM REP Primary
Naomi Esther Blemur DEM linktr.ee/naomiforfl no data DEM Primary
J.R. Gaillot DEM jrgaillot.com $ 0.0 MM DEM Primary
Ryan Morales DEM ryanforflorida.com $ 0.0 MM DEM Primary

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer is elected by all Florida voters in partisan elections. The term of office is four years, and there is a two-term limit.

There will be no primaries for CFO on the ballot in August. The two candidates will face each other in November. The candidates are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
5/31/22

On the
Ballot
Jimmy Patronis (incumbent) REP joinjimmy.com $ 0.9 MM General Election
Adam Hattersley Dem adamforflorida.com $ 0.0 MM General Election


Florida Legislative Branch Races

House of Representatives

Florida’s 120 State House Districts

Members of the Florida House are elected by voters in their districts in partisan elections, and serve for two-year terms with four-term limits.

Fourteen (14) percent of Collier County’s voting age population (VAP) live in new District 80, 51 percent live in new District 81, and 35 percent live in new District 82.

Find your State House district.

None of the three House districts in which Collier voters live will have a primary election.

The candidates in District 80 will face each other in the general election. The candidates are:



Candidate


Party


Website
Contributions
Through
5/31/22

On the
Ballot
Adam Botana (incumbent) REP adambotana.com $ 0.1 MM General Election
Mitchel Schlayer DEM mitchforflorida.com $ 0.0 MM General Election

In District 81, incumbent Republican Bob Rommel is running for a fourth and final term. He had no challenger and will be considered elected in November.

In District 82, incumbent Republican Lauren Melo is running for a second term. She had no challengers and will be considered elected in November.


Senate

Florida’s 40 State Senate Districts

All Collier County resident live in the new state Senate District 28.

Incumbent Republican Kathleen Passidomo is running for a final term. She had no challengers and will be considered elected in November.



That’s it for the big picture of what will be on the August primary ballot for Collier County voters. Stay tuned for what I learn from my research on the various candidates.


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