Republican Evelio Otero qualifies by petition to run against Kathy Castor

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Republican Evelio Otero of Tampa has gathered more than 2,400 signatures to qualify to run against Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor. According to the website of the Division of Elections, a total of 2,413 signatures have been verified — more than the 2,298 required. According to The Tampa Tribune, Otero believes the city “needs a congressman that understands the international flavor of the city, that understands the military flavor of the city, and that understands all the demographics of the city.”

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