In HD 69, Kathleen Peters draws a Democratic challenger

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Pinellas County Republican state Representative Kathleen Peters has drawn a Democratic challenger in her campaign for a third term serving House District 69.

Jennifer Webb filed for the seat Thursday, and is currently the only candidate running against Peters. Hypnotist Robert Saviola had filed to run against Peters as a Libertarian in 2015, but ended his campaign in January.

Webb’s Facebook page says she is the Director of Community Partnerships at the University of South Florida.

Webb has a campaign website posted at JenniferWebb.org.

Peters has done well on the fundraising side of her campaign. She was able to raise $11,350 last month to bring her overall contributions to $129,890, with her on-hand total at just under $106,000.

Webb’s candidacy likely poses little threat to Peter’s chances at a third term, despite HD69 having a nearly even split in voter registrations for Republicans and Democrats.

In her two HD 69 campaigns, Peters hasn’t had too much trouble with her Democratic challengers on Election Day. After winning a three-way Republican Primary contest in 2012, she bested Democrat Josh Shulman with 52 percent of the vote, and in 2014 the former South Pasadena mayor stomped Democrat Scott Orsini with 58 percent of the vote to win a second term.

Webb’s first campaign finance report, which will cover April, isn’t due until next month, though that reporting period will also be the first full month report for Peters since the start of the 2016 Legislative Session, during which lawmakers are not allowed to raise money.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.