Democrat Debra Kaplan has qualified by petition for the ballot in tyne House District 31 race in western Orange and northern Lake counties.

Kaplan, a business consultant and former journalist from Eustis, had 1,129 petition signatures verified, exceeding the 1,123 she needed to get on the ballot.

She faces two-term Republican state Rep. Jennifer Sullivan of Mount Dora in the November election.

Through April Kaplan had raised about $10,000 for her campaign and spent about $3,000 of that. Sullivan had raised nearly $40,000 and spent almost $19,000.

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