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Bob Buesing places final TV ad in SD 18 race

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Bob Buesing has gone to the airwaves to make his final pitch for voters in Florida’s state Senate District 18 race.

In his new ad, called “kitchen” now airing on broadcast and cable stations in the Tampa Bay area this week, the Tampa Democrat makes the case that “Florida politics just don’t reflect real people anymore,” as shots of regular voters are shown staring straight into the camera(including former University of Tampa political science professor and major local Democrat Rich Piper). “Problems don’t get solved by who shouts the loudest,” Buesing says. “In real life, they get solved here,” he says, standing in front of a kitchen table.

There’s been lots of money spent in the SD 18 race between Buesing, Republican Dana Young and independent Joe Redner, who has paid for more ads in the election than any of his many former runs.  Sheldon Upthegrove is also in the contest.

Public and private polls released recently show Young to be maintaining a slight lead over Buesing. The district encompasses parts of South Tampa and western Hillsborough County.

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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