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Ben Diamond boasts of campaign endorsements in his HD 68 race

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There hasn’t been much attention paid to the House District 68 race in Pinellas County after the intense Democratic primary battle between Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn. 

Diamond won rather decisively in that race, and he is now the favorite against Republican JB Benshimen in November.

The Diamond campaign announced Tuesday the St. Petersburg attorney has received the backing of several progressive groups, such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Florida, West central Florida Labor Council (AFL-CIO), Planned Parenthood PAC, and the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida.

“I’m so honored to have the endorsement of all of these organizations,” Diamond said in a statement. “As the next representative from District 68, you can count on me to stand up for workers’ rights, women’s health, and veterans. We need a fighter from Pinellas County in Tallahassee standing up for what’s right for our constituents.”
Absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election for Florida House District 68 race, and all the races on the ballot, are being mailed out Tuesday.

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

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