SARASOTA, Fla. (Heartland Newsfeed/Florida Politics) — Following the unexpected resignation of freshman state representative Alex Miller last week, Libertarian Alison Foxall announced her candidacy in the special election for the recently vacated seat in House District 72 on Monday.
“I am stepping up to represent the district that I’ve lived in for 25 years and will carry our constituents’ voices to Tallahassee with me. I’m ready to earn my neighbors’ vote so that I can cut wasteful spending, eliminate unnecessary barriers to entry for many industries, and cut individuals’ tax burden here in Florida,” Foxall said.
Foxall, a graduate of Booker High School in Sarasota and an alum of the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa with a degree in mass communications, has been a partner and inbound marketing strategist for Gobble Logic since 2012, has been serving as communications director and as at-large director for the Libertarian Party of Florida since 2014 and 2016 respectively and co-founded Liberty Infinite Apparel earlier this year.
Governor Rick Scott has yet to set a special election date for the seat, as Foxall follows Republican James Buchanan in announcing a formal candidacy.
The seat, rooted in Sarasota County, has a Republican leaning and will give a significant advantage in the election to the winner of the GOP primary for the seat.
Miller defeated one of the best funded Democrats, Edward James III, last fall — securing 58% of the vote on Election Day to win the seat.
Last week, Miller announced she was stepping down from her seat, citing primary reasons to spend more time with her family and look after her business.
“As a mother with two teenage boys who is the CEO of a rapidly growing business, I have come to the conclusion that I must spend more time at home than my service in the Legislature would allow,” she wrote in her resignation letter.
Part of this report was contributed by Florida Politics writer Drew Wilson.
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