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Former Rep. Kevin Ambler, 1-800-ASK-GARY founder battle over failed startup funds

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Five years ago, former state Rep. Kevin Ambler and the founder of 1-800-ASK-GARY teamed up to create Arrest A.L.E.R.T., an app designed to give users access to arrest data from Sheriff’s Offices across the state. Neither of them expected it to fail so miserably. When it launched in 2011, the service didn’t gain a single subscriber or licensee. And while the company failed to bring in any revenue, four investors had sunk thousands of dollars to keep the company afloat.…

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William McBride kick-starts HD 27 race with loan, Zenaida Denizac stalls

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House District 27 candidate William McBride kick-started his campaign with a six-figure loan while fellow Republican Zenaida Denizac raised just $1,900, according to newly filed campaign finance reports. McBride and Denizac are running to replace Deltona Republican Rep. David Santiago, who is running for Congress, in the GOP-leaning seat. Denizac, a former Deltona City Commissioner who filed in early January, finished her third month with about $1,200 on hand compared to $259,000 for McBride. While $250,000 of McBride’s March haul…

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