GOP House Dist. 57 race centers on jobs

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Three political newcomers will face off in the Republican primary for the state House District 57 seat.

Republicans Todd Marks, Dan Molloy and Dana Young will compete in the Aug. 24 primary to determine who will run against Democrat Stacy Frank and Tea Party candidate Matthew Russell in the November general election.

The incumbent, Republican Faye Culp, is leaving after eight years because of term limits. Her district covers parts of western Hillsborough County, including Westchase, Town ‘N Country and South Tampa.

Young is leading the Republican pack in political contributions with about $210,000, while Marks has collected nearly $51,000 and Molloy about $31,000.

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