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Florida Democratic Party chair chips in $100K during Q1 of 2017

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The Florida Democratic Party got a $100,000 boost from their new chair last month according to new finance documents filed with the Florida Division of Elections. Stephen Bittel has been in place as the Democratic Party chair since January, when the Miami-Dade Democrat won a five-way race for the position with 55 percent of the vote. Bittel’s $100,000 infusion was the largest single contribution the party took in for the month, which saw it bring in a little over $840,000.…

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Doug Holder leads crowded Republican field in SD 23

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Doug Holder would come out on top in Senate District 23 if the Republican primary were held today. A new survey from St. Pete Polls found Holder would receive nearly 29 percent of the vote, besting a crowded Republican field. The study — which was commissioned by Florida Politics and conducted on July 26 — found Greg Steube would come in second with 23 percent of the vote, followed by Nora Patterson with 20 percent. Ray Pilon comes in fourth with 9…

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Edward James cracks $300K in HD 72 campaign, Alex Miller brings in $28K for May

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Democrat Edward James surpassed the $300,000 mark during May fundraising in his campaign for House District 72, newly released campaign finance data shows. James brought in $4,190 through his campaign account and $23,500 through an affiliated political committee, for a total of $305,328 raised overall since he joined the HD 72 race in June of 2015. Of that, some $263,000 remain on hand for the first-time candidate. Republican Alex Miller, meanwhile brought in $28,907 last month, bring her total fundraising to $89,782. $50,000 of…

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New College Professor Frank Alcock enters SD 23 race

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Frank Alcock, a college professor at New College of Florida in Sarasota, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Florida Senate’s District 23. SD 23 is an open seat being vacated by GOP incumbent Nancy Detert. Alcock has been a full-time faculty member at New College since 2003, teaching courses on world politics and environmental studies. He also served as Director of a Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory, and before spent five years as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy.…

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Bob Graham to endorse Edward James in HD 72 race

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Former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham will endorse Democratic HD 72 candidate Edward James on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. James hopes the endorsement of perhaps Florida’s best-loved living pol will give his campaign a boost. “Governor Bob Graham has long been one of my heroes. He exemplifies what it truly means to be a public servant. His commitment to our great state in Tallahassee and Washington DC was never about politics, but always about doing the right thing,” James…

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Republican Alex Miller enters race for Ray Pilon’s HD 72 seat

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House District 72 has drawn its first Republican candidate since current Rep. Ray Pilon announced he would vacate the seat to run for the Senate. Businesswoman Alexandra Miller filed Monday, joining Democrat Edward James in the race for the Sarasota County seat. “I’m not a politician. Like you, I am concerned for the future and believe we can build a better Florida. I will bring a unique perspective to the Florida House,” Miller said in an announcement. Miller, who runs…

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Ray Pilon jumps into Senate race; Edward James now unopposed in HD 72

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A pair of Sarasota legislative races saw major changes over the weekend. Rep. Ray Pilon decided to forgo a 2016 re-election bid for a fourth term in the House in favor of a Senate campaign, leaving his Democratic opponent Edward James running unopposed in a coastal swing seat. Pilon said Tuesday his decision came from the resolution of Senate maps and local considerations. Sarasota Republican Party chair Joe Gruters declared publicly last year Pilon would not seek the seat when rumors first emerged, but Pilon says that…

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