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Janet Cruz re-elected without opposition to her HD 62 seat

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Incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz has been re-elected to her House District 62 seat in Tampa without any GOP opposition.

Cruz has been serving in the Florida House since early 2010, when she survived an intense Democratic primary special election against attorney Pat Kemp. 

Since that time, she has diligently worked her way up in Democratic House leadership, where there are only 39 Democrats in the 120-member body.

“Do you have any idea the battle scars that are on these 39 members? We are fierce, and we are warriors!” she proclaimed at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue event last Saturday night.

She emphasized that her priority as incoming minority leader would be to “stop the seesaw nature of our campaign cycles,” by which some the FDP captures some seats in presidential election years, but loses them in the off-year elections two years later.

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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