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And they're off! Candiate qualifying opens

The five-day candidate qualifying window opened at noon Monday for state candidates from governor to the Legislature to judgeships.

First in line: Miranda Rosenberg, 23, an independent candidate for the state Senate seat now held by Senate President Jeff Atwater. A 2009 Harvard political science graduate and lifelong Palm Beach resident, she says she is running for the people and not the party, and that "politics shouldn't be a mud wrestling match." She says she's always been an unaffiliated voter and that people are weary of excessive partisanship.

Republican Reps. Ellyn Bogdanoff and Carl Domino and Democratic Rep. Kelly Skidmore have been campaigning for the Senate District 25 seat. Rosenberg's name will appear on the November ballot.

Second to qualify: Independent candidate for governor Farid Khavari, an economist whose economic plan is a state-owned bank, run by the interest Floridians pay every year. He is a registered Democrat who faults political parties for "anointing" candidates and depriving voters of real choices.

Two tea party candidates for the Florida House also filed Monday. Alejandro Fernandez is running for House District 119, in south Miami, which is held by term-limited Rep. Juan Zapata. Also, Henry Llorella is running for District 120, the Keys seat held by incoming minority leader Ron Saunders.

Qualifying closes at noon Friday.

-- Steve Bousquet

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