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Ben Diamond puts up first TV of general election campaign for HD 68

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Pinellas County House District 68 hopeful Ben Diamond is going up with his first television ad of the general election campaign.

Diamond, 38, defeated Eric Lynn last month in one of the most competitive Democratic primary races in the Legislature this year, and is now facing home health care executive JB Benshimen in the Nov. 8 election.

As FloridaPolitics reported Monday, Diamond is crushing Benshimen when it comes to fundraising. As of Sept. 16, Diamond has raised $292, 688, Benshimen $14,608.

Now Diamond is spending some of that money on a new ad, highlighting his top priorities, which include holding Duke Energy accountable, protecting public schools, and ending pay-to-play politics in Tallahassee.


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 [email protected]

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