The race to succeed Jim King (R-Jacksonville) will take a dramatic turn when John Thrasher jumps into the race in the coming weeks. Thrasher, who has announced that Friday will be his last day as a lobbyist, transformed himself into one of the most powerful lobbyists in the state after leaving the Speaker’s Chair in the Florida House of Representatives. He has already demonstrated his intent to join the race by putting his upscale Orange Park home on the market in order to move into the district. Yesterday, he told the St. Pete Times that he was even okay with leaving the money behind.
Thrasher’s Republican opponents aren’t exactly backing down. City Councilman Art Graham, former State Rep. Aaron Bean and businessman Dan Quiggle have all been hard at work raising money for the race. In fact, Bean has been successful at securing the support of lobbyists throughout the state. Whether or not Thrasher’s entry into the race will change that remains to be seen.
It will be a barnburner of a race, that’s for sure. Most likely the most expensive State Senate race in the state.