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Loranne Ausley to host campaign kick-off Tuesday evening

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Former state Rep. Loranne Ausley will host an event in Tallahassee tomorrow night to launch her bid to succeed state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda in Ausley’s erstwhile District 9 House seat.

Ausley — a voluminous fundraiser, particularly for a Democrat — lists several Capitol regulars on her host committee, still in formation.

Longtime pol and former Florida State University President Sandy D’Alemberte will be there with his wife Patsy Palmer, as will Paul Mitchell of the heavyweight influence firm Southern Strategy Group, along with a slew of sitting and former elected officials including Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Leon County Commissioners Nick Maddox and Bill Proctor, and Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant and her husband, attorney Barry Richards.

The event will run from 5-7 p.m. at Goodwood Museum & Gardens at 1600 Miccosukee Road in the heart of her district, based in metro Tallahassee and its many vote-rich suburbs to the north.

By state law, contributions are limited to $1,000 per person or entity.

The band W2 — local musicians Walker Webb and Will Holloman will provide entertainment. Holloman is Ausley’s son and according to a source, one hell of a drummer.

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Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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