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Andrew Learned launches digital ad for CD 15 bid

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Andrew Learned, one of six Democrats who has filed to run in Florida’s 15th Congressional District, is up with a digital ad touting his candidacy.

CD 15 is currently held by Republican Dennis Ross.

A Navy veteran who was stationed in Bahrain and now runs GradePower Learning in Valrico, this is the 30-year-old Learned’s first ad of the season.

“I want to take the skills I learned in the Navy, and from being a small business owner, to stand up … and fight back,” he says in the 30-second spot.

 Gregg Williams, Greg PilkingtonRay Pena Jr. Cameron Magnuson and now Jeffrey Rabinowitz are the other Democrats who have filed in the primary, which takes place a year from now. Rabinowitz had originally filed as a non-party affiliated candidate.

Loretta “Leah Lax” Miller is the only Republican to file against Ross, who won the seat in 2010 and has never seriously been challenged in his previous three reelection campaigns.

CD 15 includes parts of Hillsborough, Polk and Lake counties.


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 [email protected]

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