Race for HD 31 gets negative with pro-Randy Glisson ad

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One of the most closely watched state House races, the open primary for House District 31, got negative with an attack ad on cable television, knocking two frontrunners — Terri Seefeldt and Jennifer Sullivan — while praising the third, Randy Glisson.

The ad starts with comparisons of the three candidates:

“Terri Seefeldt. Just too liberal. Seefeldt supports Obamacare. Jennifer Sullivan. Just too young. Only 22 and still living at home. Jennifer Sullivan just doesn’t have any real world understanding of the problems facing families. Conservative Republican Randy Glisson. Just right. Endorsed by Sheriff Gary Borders. Randy is a successful businessman, and doctor. Conservative Republican Randy Glisson.”

Seefeldt, a committee member of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, faces youth development leader Sullivan and health clinic executive Glisson in the bid to replace term-limited Rep. Bryan Nelson. HD 31 covers Lake and Orange Counties and the towns of Eustis, Tavares, Umatilla, Mt. Dora and Apopka.

The 30-second spot was produced by a group called Families for Lower Taxes, with no online presence and just a P.O. Box in Melbourne.

Frank Torres of Orlando-Politics.com notes that this is the first negative turn in District 31. The all-Republican field also features Teacher Union Rep. B. Grassel and fraud investigator Joseph Stephens.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.