As the Florida Senate scrambles to redraw its redistricting map before the 15-day buzzer, the field of potential candidates keeps widening.
Take Saturday's speculation that, in addition to former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, Rep. Erik Fresen may be ready to jump into the Hispanic-heavy district now held by Sen. Gwen Margolis, a Miami Democrat. That followed news last week that Alex, who was succeeded by his older brother Miguel Diaz de la Portilla in 2010, wanted to return to the Senate in an adjacent district.
The new Senate map released Saturday by Senate Redistricting Chairman Don Gaetz also prompted an official announcement from state Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, that he'll run for the new District 27 in Palm Beach County.
Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, and Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, also told the Palm Beach Post they are also considering running for the new District 29, a coalition district that is 24 percent black, 26 percent Hispanic.