Chris Sprowls easily wins HD 65 primary, now faces Democrat Carl Zimmerman

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Chris Sprowls will face incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmermann for House District 65 in November, after easily winning Tuesday’s GOP primary campaign.

With 66 percent of the vote, the Tarpon Springs Republican beat opponent Debbie Faulkner to become the GOP nominee for the seat covering Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

Throughout the campaign, the first-time candidate demonstrated strong community support from all over Tampa Bay, leading the race in both fundraising and endorsements.

One of SaintPetersBlog’s “30 under 30” rising political stars, Sprowls serves as Special Prosecutor in the Gang Unit in the Sixth Circuit State Attorney’s Office for both Pinellas and Pasco Counties, as well as Director of the newly formed Veterans Treatment Court.

As a high school senior, doctors diagnosed Sprowls with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of cancer that predominantly attacks young people. After chemotherapy, Sprowls used his experiences to help others dealing with similar illnesses. Once he was declared free of cancer, Sprowls attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, continuing to Stetson University School of Law in the fall of 2006.

Prior to graduating Stetson, Sprowls served in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. There, he became National Chairman and chief spokesperson of the Law Student Division, representing nearly 60,000 law students.

Sprowls also played a key role in founding the Stetson’s Veterans Law Clinic.

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