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Ross Spano leads all candidates in fundraising in HD 59 race

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Ross Spano, running for reelection in Hillsborough County’s House District 59 race, raised $20,250 in May, and has now raised more than $121,000 in his campaign coffers.

Spano will face the winner of the Aug. 30 Democratic primary between Rene Frazier and Naze Sahebzamani.

Frazier, who has received financial support from the Florida Democratic Party in her race, raised $11,798 in May, and has raised $94,389 to date.

Sahebzamani raised $1,792 in May, and has raised $26,811 to date.

Frazier has been invited to speak at a Florida Democratic Party sanctioned protest event against Donald Trump in Tampa on Saturday, along with state representative Ed Narain and Tampa City Council Chairman Mike Suarez.

House District 59 includes the areas of Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, Clair Mel and Progress Village.

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

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