After Bill Gunter loses, Sen. Jack Latvala has strong words for fellow Republicans

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Bill Gunter’s campaign for House District 36 has been over for less than two hours, but State Senator Jack Latvala is wasting little time pointing to Gunter’s loss as a needed lesson for his fellow Republicans.

“Hopefully the outcome tonight will teach our party leaders to let the primary process produce our strongest nominees,” said Latvala, who has previously represented Pasco County in the Florida Senate.

“We won elections and ended up taking control of both house of the legislature without legislative leaders dictating our nominees,” said Latvala. “We need to return to those days.”

After Mike Fasano was appointed Pasco Tax Collector and a special election was called in HD 36, Latvala ally Ann Hildebrand was reported to be interested in running for the seat, but she ended up being not qualified to run for the seat.


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