Former Speaker Thrasher Files for State Senate
The Jacksonville Observer has learned that, earlier today, former House Speaker John Thrasher officially filed paperwork to become a candidate for the Florida State Senate. Thrasher is running for the District 8 seat currently held by Jim King.
Thrasher served on the Clay County School Board from 1986 to 1990 and was elected to the State House in 1992. He served as the Speaker of the House during his fourth and final term in office. In 2000, Thrasher was prevented from seeking re-election by term limits.
"John Thrasher was an extraordinary leader and a great partner with Governor Bush," said Lad Daniels, president of the First Coast Manufacturers Association and a Thrasher friend. "I believe he is the right type of person we need to represent Northeast Florida at this time, someone with proven leadership abilities."
Since leaving the legislature, Thrasher has worked as a lobbyist in Tallahassee and spent a year serving on the Clay County Commission. He was appointed by Governor Bush to fill the slot of suspended Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald.
While Thrasher has been rumored to be interested in the seat for months, he had to first relocate his primary residence in order to run.
Other Republicans already seeking the seat are former State Representative Aaron Bean, Jacksonville City Councilman Art Graham, and former Congressional candidate and local businessman Dan Quiggle.
Thrasher will need to begin raising money very quickly to wage a competitive campaign.
- Dan Quiggle raised $77,029 between declaring his candidacy in mid-February and the end of March.
- Art Graham has raised a total of $91,050 as of the end of March, including $13,170 during the first quarter of this year.
- Aaron Bean had raised over $220,000 by the end of March, raising about $7,000 of that in the first quarter.