With open primary ending on Tuesday, Randy Glisson finished with fundraising lead

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With the election on Tuesday, Republican Randy Glisson maintains his solid fundraising lead in the House District 31 GOP primary, with $13,125 added during the Aug. 9-21 period and $161,566 overall.

Five Republicans will battle it out on Tuesday to replace term-limited Rep. Bryan Nelson, who held the seat for eight years. HD 31 covers Lake and Orange counties and includes Eustis, Tavares, Umatilla, Mt. Dora and Apopka. The primary is open, so everyone can vote — and there is no Democrat in the race, so it all ends Tuesday.

Glisson, a Eustis chiropractor and clinic owner, has edged out Orange County Republican Executive Committee member Terri Seefeldt, who raised $5,124 in the final reporting period for a total of $105,362. Fellow Republican Jennifer Sullivan brought in another $6,546 to bring her total to $68,024.

Also running in the GOP primary are former teacher union representative Belita Grassel and fraud investigator Joseph Stevens. Grassel picked up $3,220 in the final reporting period, for a total of $42,043, while Stephens again failed to submit a report by the deadline.

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