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Dana Young to launch Senate bid with Tampa kickoff event May 3

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Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is kicking off her Senate District 18 campaign with a fundraiser May 3.

The event will be 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1601 South MacDill Ave. For more information, or to RSVP for the event, contact Sydney Ridley at

The House Majority Leader announced she would skip her final term in the House to run for the newly redrawn seat back in January, and is currently the only candidate in the race for the open Hillsborough County seat. The third-term representative entered the Senate contest with about $216,000 in on hand cash from her House campaign.

Since her announcement, Young has received the nod from top-ranking Senate Republicans, including incoming Senate President Joe Negron, who called her “a hard-working, principled leader” who “will be a great addition to the Florida Senate.”

Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala, who is set to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee next year, future Senate President Bill Galvano and Republican Sens. Lizbeth Benacquisto, Anitere Flores and Wilton Simpson also threw their support behind Young’s candidacy.

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