State Sen. John Legg is getting a serious jump on his would-be opponents, filing to run for office again in 2022.
The Pasco County Republican’s career in the Legislature appeared to be at an end earlier this year after redistricting put his home in the same district as Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. Rather than challenge Simpson for the newly drawn Senate District 10, Legg announced he would not seek re-election in 2016.
But now, Legg is asking the Florida Division of Elections to move his campaign for the state Senate to the year 2022, in what would be the final year of Simpson’s eight years in office. That would allow him to move more than $170,000 in his 2016 campaign account to the race in 2022.
“I would like to redesignate both the year and district for which I am a candidate to Senate District 10 for the 2022 election,” Legg wrote in a letter to the Florida Division of Elections.
Legg could not be reached for comment.
The Florida Division of Elections does not have a section on its website to list candidates for office that far in advance. Instead, the Division of Elections has listed Legg as a candidate for District 10 in 2018, when Simpson would face what could be his final re-election campaign.
Legg has refused to take on Simpson, who is in line to become the Senate president in 2021 if Republicans retain the majority and Simpson when his re-election battles. Already he is assured of retaining Senate District 10 for the next two years as no challenger filed to challenge him for re-election at Friday’s filing deadline.
Legg, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, was elected to the House in 2004 and the Senate in 2012.