Thompson, Grall plan 2020 re-election bids

State Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, and Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, took the first formal steps this week toward running for re-election in 2020.

Thompson, who unseated former Rep. Bobby Olszewski, R-Winter Garden, in the November election, opened a campaign account to seek another term in Orange County’s House District 44, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Thompson previously served in the House from 2006 to 2012 and in the Senate from 2012 to 2016 before returning to the House in November.

Meanwhile, Grall opened a campaign account this week to seek a third term in 2020 in House District 54, which is made up of Indian River County and part of St. Lucie County. Grall captured nearly 63.4 percent of the vote in the November election.