Kottkamp, who lost the statewide GOP primary for attorney general last fall, is the only potential candidate who's run in all three counties. He won all those counties by significant margins, albeit against opponents who lacked local name ID. In Lee he won with 67 percent of the vote; in Collier, with 56 percent and Charlotte, 46 percent. In addition to recognition, he has a built-in fundraising network from that last election. If he could keep those voters, the race would be his.