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Jacksonville’s Yarborough has eye on Bean’s Florida Senate seat

State Rep. takes initial step in seeking Senate seat; incumbent faces term limits in 2022 cycle

State Rep. Clay Yarborough
State Rep. Clay Yarborough

State Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, has taken the first step in running for a Northeast Florida Senate seat in 2022, as Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, faces term limits.

Yarborough, who has served in the House since 2016, opened a campaign account this week to run in what is now Senate District 4, according to the state Division of Elections website.

The district is made up of Nassau County and part of Duval County, though the boundaries — and potentially the district number — will change during the upcoming reapportionment process. Yarborough is the first candidate to open a campaign account for the 2022 race.

Also, this week Largo Republican Timothy Lewis opened an account to try to succeed term-limited Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, according to the Division of Elections website.

Brandes represents Pinellas County’s Senate District 24.