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Charlie Justice qualifies for ballot by turning in petitions

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From Mitch Perry: Pinellas County Democratic Congressional hopeful Charlie Justice is officially on the ballot in Florida’s 10th Congressional District election, as his campaign manager Mitch Kates today announced that he had qualified by petition by gathering more than 6,500 signatures (he was required to turn in 4,443) to the Supervisor of Elections office.

In a press release, Justice said he was proud of the volunteers who helped get his name on the ballot.

” While my opponent ‘mailed in’ his effort to collect petitions, our supporters went out and talked directly to voters throughout the Congressional district asking for their support.  All their hard work paid off because not only were we successful in collecting petitions but we also had the opportunity to talk to voters about the race and my candidacy.”

Justice faces Republican Bill Young in the fall.  Campaign manager Mitch Kates says that the Justice campaign learned a lot from engaging with voters directly during the petition process, and said that petition collectors ” noted that there were an awful lot of Republicans signing that petition after we told them we were running against an opponent who’s been in Congress for 40 years.”

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