The House District 69 candidate has secured more than the required
number of valid petition signatures to qualify for the ballot
The Ray Blacklidge Campaign today announced that he has qualified for the ballot by petition. The Florida Department of State has verified 1,158 petition signatures, one more than the required 1,157. Blacklidge, a Republican, is running for the District 69 seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
“This is an important milestone for our campaign, and our momentum continues to grow,” said Blacklidge. “Qualifying by petition was an important goal for me because it allows us to invest campaign resources in getting our conservative message out rather than in paying a hefty qualifying fee. I’m very grateful to the friends and neighbors who signed petitions and worked hard to complete this effort, and I look forward to continuing to connect with District 69 voters.”
Blacklidge has an extensive background as an entrepreneur with a record of protecting consumers and fighting fraud. He currently works as an insurance executive and attorney in the management of a Florida-based insurance company.
House District 69 covers the south Pinellas beach communities from Redington Shores to Fort DeSoto, as well as portions of St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Kenneth City, and Pinellas Park. With 36 percent of the district’s voter registration, Republicans maintain a slight lead over the Democrats’ 35 percent. Independents and minor parties make up 29 percent of the district.