Stalwart conservative Jason Fischer, a state representative from Jacksonville, has filed for the seat in the Florida Senate that will be left vacant by the departure of Sen. Aaron Bean, pitting him against Rep. Clay Yaborough, who filed earlier.
Fischer is a former member of the School Board and has been in the House for four years. He is an electrical engineer who graduated from the University of North Florida.
He has the third highest voting record (97 percent in 2020) among House members, according to Associated Industries of Florida. Yarborough also had a 97 percent rating from AIF last year.
Bean had a 93 percent rating.
Bean has served in the Senate for eight years and must leave because of term limits. Previously, he served eight years in the House of Representatives.
The seat is District 4, which includes Duval and Nassau counties.
Fischer, a Republican, was chairman of the Duval Legislative Delegation in 2019 and is chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee. He currently represents District 16, which includes most of southeast Jacksonville.
Yarborough also has served in the House since 2016. Before that he served eight years on the Jacksonville City Council, and was council president in his final year.
Having these two in the race will present a tough choice for conservatives in the Republican primary.