David Jolly speaks to voters at Seminole’s “Pow Wow” Festival

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Republican candidate David Jolly joined supporters and well-wishers Saturday at the City of Seminole Pow Wow Festival, which centered on the theme “Celebrating Those Who Serve.”

The annual event, which dates back to 1967, features a variety of local businesses, civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches and youth groups. 

Jolly is currently in a virtual dead heat with former Florida Democratic CFO Alex Sink for the March 11 special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace former U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died in October.

In the most recent polling, Libertarian Lucas Overby is running a distant third.

“I bring to this race a heart of service that is right for this community and a commitment to continue the legacy of our late Congressman Bill Young in caring for all of Pinellas,” Jolly told the crowd.

“I want to thank the organizers for keeping this wonderful tradition alive year after year and for allowing me to take part in today’s events.”

CD 13 would be a “turnout-dependent race,” Jolly added, a contest where every vote matters. He also repeated his vow to continue Young’s” legacy of exceptional service and unwavering care for the people of Pinellas.”

According to the parade website, the Pow Wow Festival and Parade is “Seminole’s oldest & largest event celebrating Seminole residents and visitors.”

The Pow Wow is held now through Sunday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. North.

For more information, visit www.powwowfestival.com or call (727) 391-8345.

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