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Rena Frazier gets the backing of Les and Gwen Miller in her HD 59 contest

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Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller and his wife, former Tampa City Councilwoman Gwen Miller, are backing Democrat Rena Frazier in the HD 59 race.

Frazier, a Brandon-based attorney, is running in a competitive Democratic primary against Brandon-based school teacher Naze Sahebzamani on Aug. 30. Frazier has raised more than three times as much campaign cash as Sahebzamani has in the campaign. At the end of May, Frazier had raised more than $94,000, Sahebzamani more than $28,000.

“Rena Frazier has proven her leadership and commitment to her community,” said Les Miller. “Her diverse background of experiences more than qualifies her to serve in the Florida House.”

Frazier said she was honored to get the endorsements from both Millers. “Both have served our community, county and state honorably, and I hope to follow in the footsteps of such great public servants,” she said.

The Florida Democratic Party is backing Frazier, providing financial resources for her in her primary campaign. They did the same thing with HD 63 candidate Lisa Montelione in his race against fellow Democrat Mike Reedy. Reedy ended up dropping out of that race last week.

Sitting back and watching the Democrats battle it out is Dover Republican incumbent Ross Spano, who will take on the winner in November. Spano had raised more than $121,000 at the end of May.

House District 59 encompasses Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, Clair Mel and Progress Village.

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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