Aaron Bean Set to Exit Senate Race This Week
Last week the Jacksonville Observer learned that former State Representative Aaron Bean was reconsidering his future of his bid for the seat previously held by Jim King. We have since discovered from a reliable source with first hand information that Bean will announce his exit from the race sometime this week, following today's Tallahassee memorial service for the late Senator King.
Multiple entities have been conducting telephone polling in advance of a yet-to-be-scheduled special election. While the results of these polls have not been made public, it's likely that some of the candidates are reconsidering their positions. One poll that we reported on last week actually named Jim King's widow, Linda King, as a potential candidate for the seat.
Other candidates already in the running for State Senate include Former House Speaker John Thrasher, Jacksonville City Councilman Art Graham, and businessman Dan Quiggle.
Last week, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland appeared on WBOB's "What's the Buzz?" to discuss the special election and said he expected that the Governor might schedule the election in later September or on the first Tuesday in October. If the election is called on October 6, it may save some money as the City of Atlantic Beach was already scheduled to head to the polls to elect a mayor and two city commissioners on that day.
Holland also noted that the special election for State Senate will likely cause a cascading effect of other special elections. City Councilman Art Graham will be forced to resign his seat to continue his campaign, thus opening up that spot. Current Atlantic Beach Mayor John Meserve has said he will run for Graham's seat, creating an open race for his spot as Mayor. And School Board member Stan Jordan is considered a potential candidate for Senate, which would create an opening in his seat.
The Bean campaign had raised $238,056 at the end of the last reporting quarter and still had most of that cash on hand.