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Incumbents rule in Pinellas House District 65, 67, 69 races

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Republican incumbents retained their seats in State House Districts 65, 67 and 69.

Chris Sprowls defeated Democrat Bernard “Bernie” Fensterwald to earn a second term in the HD 65 seat.

Sprowls, from Palm Harbor, served as a prosecutor in the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office until this past summer when he left to go into private practice. Sprowls is expected to serve as Speaker of the House for 2021-2022.

Chris Latvala, the son of Republican Sen. Jack Latvala, decisively defeated Democrat David S. Vogel to retain his HD 67 seat. This will be Latvala’s second term in the House.

During his campaign, Latvala said that he had delivered on a 2014 promise that, if elected, “No one will work harder to serve House District 67.” His record, Latvala said, proved that. Among his accomplishments were laws designed to bolster resiliency and self-motivation in the classroom by teaching resume writing and job interview strategies, and another that makes it easier for non-violent, non-habitual juvenile offenders to overcome past mistakes and find work.

Kathleen Peters, a Treasure Island Republican, won a third term in the HD 69 seat by defeating Democratic challenger Jennifer Webb.

Peters campaigned on her record, claiming she had reformed the entire mental health system in Florida. Peters also severely criticized St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, blaming him for massive spills of raw and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay during two tropical storms last summer.

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