Republican Florida House candidate Mikaela Nix of Orlando announced she expects to be qualified by petition for the ballot in the contest for House District 47.

Nix, a lawyer, turned in more than 1,300 petition signatures, in about two months of campaigning. She needs 1,220 to get certified for her to make the ballot.

She becomes the second candidate to qualify in the race, following Democrat Anna Eskamani of Orlando. A second Republican, Stockton Reeves VI of Winter Park also is running. They all seek to succeed Republican state Rep. Mike Miller, who is running for Congress instead of re-election.

“We did it!! Qualifying by Petition! No paid walkers, just me and the team in two months! God is so good,” Nix stated in a Facebook post.

HD 47 covers north and central Orange County, stretching into downtown Orlando.

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