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Democratic HD 69 candidate Jennifer Webb reports raising more than $20,000 since entering campaign last month

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Democrat  Jennifer Webb, who just entered the House District 69 race last month, announced on Tuesday that she had raised more than $20,000 since declaring her candidacy.

“I am so proud of the broad level of support our campaign has received from over 100 donors in the first 23 days on the trail and I look forward to bring their voice in the Legislature,” Webb said in a statement. “It’s time for a State Representative who puts the people of Pinellas first.”

Webb’s fundraising totals for April had not been reported by the Florida Division of Elections website as of Tuesday afternoon, so it’s not known exactly how much money she raised, or where it came from.

Webb serves as Director of Community Engagement at USF, where she earned her Master’s degree. This is the Gulfport resident’s first foray into electoral politics.

She’s running against Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters, who announced on Monday that she had raised more than $11,000 in April and now has raised a total of $141,000 (with more than $114,000 cash-on-hand).

House District 69 includes Gulfport, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and parts of St. Petersburg.

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 mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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