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Justin Grabelle puts his first TV ad up in CD 11 race

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Justin Grabelle is going up with his first television ad in his campaign to win Florida’s 11th Congressional District.

The 34-year-old former chief-of-staff to outgoing CD 11 incumbent Rich Nugent is in an extremely competitive Republican primary campaign against Daniel Webster. 

Webster currently represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District, but opted to run in CD 11 once redistricting made his chances of re-election virtually nil this fall.

CD 11 includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties.

In the ad, called “It’s Personal,” Grabelle references his personal story of his brother’s service on board the USS Cole the day it was attacked in the fall of 2000.

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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