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HD 59 Republican Ross Spano goes up on air with 1st TV ad

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House District 59 GOP incumbent Ross Spano is up with his first television ad of the 2016 election cycle.

The ad features a local businessman, a veteran, and members of his family to tout the “Ross Spano that I know.”

“I’m Ross Spano, and I will always fight for small businesses, veterans, and families,” he says before asking for support on Nov. 8.

Spano is running for his third term in District 59, which includes Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Clair Mel, and Progress Village in eastern Hillsborough County. He’s running against Democrat Rena Frazier, a Brandon attorney running for office for her first time.

Democrats are hoping they can flip the swing seat. They came close in 2012 when it was an open seat, and Spano narrowly edged out Democrat Gail Gottlieb. He won the seat easily in 2014.

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

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