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Kathleen Peters raises more than $11K in April in HD 69 race

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For months, Pinellas County Democrats had been searching for a candidate to take on Republican Kathleen Peters in her South Pinellas County-based House District 69 seat, considered one of the more “swingy” in the state.

They finally snagged a candidate last month when Gulfport resident Jennifer Webb announced her candidacy. Whether she can seriously challenge the incumbent will be something to watch over the course of the year, but in the interim, Peters is moving forward.

The twice-elected representative raised $11,666. in April. She’s raised more than $141,000 overall, and has well more than $113,000 cash-on-hand.

House District 69 includes Gulfport, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and parts of St. Petersburg.

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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 mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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