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Ben Diamond now puts up his first ad in his HD 68 contest

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St. Petersburg attorney Ben Diamond is going up with his first television ad in his House District 68 campaign in Pinellas County. Coincidentally or not, it comes a day after his Democratic opponent, Eric Lynn, announced that his first ad would begin airing today.

The 30-second ad starts with a narrator saying about the candidate that “he knows how to take on took on big polluters” which helped clean up Tampa Bay’s water supply. A campaign spokesman say that’s a reference to Diamond working hard to get the Florida Land and Water Amendment in 2014 on the ballot.

The ad also says that he’ll end high-stakes testing, and will demand reforms to end “pay to play” politics.

“I’m so grateful to my supporters who are helping us get our message out,” said Diamond. “We know once the voters hear how I will fight for them, we’re going to be successful on Election Day.”

Diamond has raised more than $159,000 in his campaign account, and another $31,000 in his political committee, Protecting Pinellas Families.

Lynn has raised over $75,000 in his campaign account, and maintains more than $300,000 in his political committee, the Pinellas County Voters Fund.

Here’s Diamond’s ad:




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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