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Local Realtors back Chris Latvala in HD 67 re-election campaign

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State Rep. Chris Latvala is proud to announce the start of his House District 67 re-election with a significant endorsement from the Pinellas Realtor Organization.

Latvala, son of longtime Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala, is running for his second term representing the people of Clearwater, Largo and Pinellas Park.

“Based on your past service and various other criteria,” said Pinellas Realtors Chair Mindy Rovillo in a letter dated May 3, “I am pleased to report that our Board of Directors has voted to officially support your campaign.

“We appreciate your commitment to the community, understanding of economic issues, and your advocacy for property owners and the real estate industry,” Rovillo continued.

Along with the endorsement, the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) will be making a donation, up to the $1,000 maximum. In addition, the Board encourages the Organization’s associates to support Latvala’s campaign.

With more 7,000 members, the Pinellas Realtor Organization is one of the Tampa Bay region’s largest and most politically active professional trade associations. It was established in 2002 with the merger of the St. Petersburg Suncoast and the Greater Clearwater Associations of Realtors.

Although the incumbent Republican lawmaker is currently unopposed in the HD 67 Republican primary, Latvala does face a general election challenge from Democrat David Vogel.

The text of the endorsement is below:

Hon. Chris Latvala

2050 Tall Pines Drive, Ste. A

Largo, FL 33771

May 3, 2016

Dear Representative Latvala,

Members of the Pinellas Realtor® Organization’s Public Policy Committee appreciate your candidacy for re-election to the Florida State Legislature. We admire your interest in serving the citizens of our community in this very important capacity.

Based on your past service and various other criteria, I am pleased to report that our Board of Directors has voted to officially support your campaign. We appreciate your commitment to the community, understanding of economic issues, and your advocacy for property owners and the real estate industry.

In addition to providing your campaign with Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) funds, we will be encouraging our members to actively support your campaign. With over 7,000 members, the Pinellas Realtor® Organization is one of Tampa Bay’s largest and most politically active professional trade associations.

As Election Day rapidly approaches, please let us know how our organization and its members can be of assistance to your campaign.

We are confident that you will continue to be an excellent public servant, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Sincerely,

Mindy Rovillo

2016 Chair of the Board

David B. Bennett, CAE

President & Chief Executive Officer

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