by Garrett Frisk
Florida boasts the 3rd most House seats of any state in the country, with a whopping 28 congressional districts. Despite this, the state's 2024 congressional elections have gotten off to a slow start, with relatively few declared candidates as of yet. Still, there are several 2024 House contenders who have filed with the FEC and launched their campaigns. Here are all of the current Florida House candidates who have yet to be covered by other media sources:
In the 3rd district, Libertarian Anthony Stebbins is challenging incumbent Republican Kat Cammack. Cammack was re-elected with 62.5% of the vote in 2022. Stebbins, who works as a correctional officer, does not seem to have established a campaign website; however, he filled out Ballotpedia's Candidate Connection survey, so it is clear that he is running.
In the 7th district, Democrat Allek Pastrana has announced that he will again seek to be his party's standard-bearer against first-term Republican Cory Mills. Pastrana, a cyber engineer, ran for this district in 2022 but finished last in the Democratic primary, taking 14.2% of the vote; Mills then won the general election with 58.5% of the vote. In the first quarter of 2023, Pastrana did not raise or spend any money, and ended with $18 on hand. His website can be found here.
In the 8th district, incumbent Republican Bill Posey is facing a pair of challengers, one from each of the major parties. In the Republican primary, he will have to fend off John Hearton, who founded a startup company that provides information assurance services. Hearton's website can be found here. There is also a Democrat in the race, West Melbourne city councilor Daniel "Dan" McDow. McDow's website can be found here. Either challenger will have a hard time deposing the incumbent, as Posey was re-elected with 64.9% of the vote in 2022.
In the 9th district, Republican Angel Luis Coba is running against incumbent Democrat Darren Soto. Coba is a realtor and Army veteran. Soto was re-elected with 53.6% of the vote in 2022. Election forecasters favor Soto to win again in 2024, but the race could be competitive. Coba does not seem to have a campaign website yet, but his campaign Twitter account can be found here.
In the 22nd district, nonprofit executive Lavern Spicer has confirmed that she will challenge incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel. Spicer, a Republican, is switching districts; in 2020 and 2022, she ran for the 24th district. She won the Republican nomination in 2020 and took 20.4% of the vote against incumbent Democrat Frederica Wilson in the general election, but in 2022 she lost the Republican primary, winning only 35.5% of the vote. Spicer's website can be found here.
Finally, in the 25th district, two Republicans are hoping to take on incumbent Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The first is nurse, realtor, and Navy veteran Carla Spalding, back for her fourth straight campaign against Wasserman Schultz. After an independent candidacy for the 18th district in 2016 where she took 3.3% of the vote in the general election, Spalding ran for this district in 2018, finishing last in the Republican primary with 21.6% of the vote. She proceeded to win her party's nomination in 2020 and 2022, winning 41.8% and 44.9% of the vote, respectively, in those two campaigns. And she's not done yet; Spalding confirmed in April that she would run again in 2024. In the first quarter of 2023, Spalding raised $62,238, spent $60,488, and ended with $14,669 on hand. Her website can be found here. The second Republican running is Weston city commissioner Chris Eddy. In the first quarter of 2023, Eddy raised $62,238, spent $8,106, and ended with $20,073 on hand. His website can be found here.