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Conservative business man who lost to Karen Castor Dentel in 2012 seeks to return to Tallahassee by toppling incumbent Democratic Representative Mike Clelland in State House District 29 race.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Just after 1pm, former State Representative Scott Plakon announced via facebook that he has collected enough petitions to get on the ballot in the State House District 29 race. Plakon, who is a leading conservative in Florida lost his re-election bid against local teacher and democratic scion Karen Castor Dentel in 2012, has mounted an impressive campaign thus far.

 

Plakon posted a screenshot from the Florida Division of Elections confirming that he had qualified by petition, turning in 1,090 legitimate signatures. He only needed 1,036 to qualify.

 

Screenshot of Plakon's candidate petition signatures.

 

"We are very proud to have made it on the ballot by way of petition. It allows us to forgo paying the filing fee and saves $1,781.82 in money donated to the campaign," Plakon told the Seminole County Post.

 

Before being defeated in 2012,  Plakon was one of few conservatives to earn accolades from the left leaning Orlando Sentinel for his work in the capitol.

 

"First elected in 2008, Plakon is one of the Legislature's most prolific lawmakers. If public school students in Florida did as much homework as he does, low test scores wouldn't be such a worry." the Sentinel opined a month before the 2012 election.

 

In a message posted on facebook, Plakon congratulated his supporters and campaign team.

 

"I am humbled and a bit overwhelmed at the outpouring of support for our campaign. Many thanks to the voters who have put their trust in me and all of those that walked, reached out to neighbors, phoned, texted, mailed and sent Facebook and Twitter messages to achieve this goal so quickly…over a month before the deadline. We believe that the incredible grassroots momentum established this early is a leading indicator that our positive, conservative message will be well received by the voters of District 29."

 

According to the Florida Division of Elections website, Plakon is the only candidate to qualify so far.  "I'm not sure if my opponent plans to qualify by petition or not. The deadline is May 19th," Plakon said in response to a question on where his opponents currently stand.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

 

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