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Baxter Troutman entering competitive Agriculture Commissioner race

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Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven said he will run for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. The grandson of the late citrus baron and one-time gubernatorial candidate, Ben Hill Griffin Jr., Troutman will enter the competitive race to succeed Adam Putnam, a Bartow Republican who is term-limited and is running for governor. “I will file either Friday or Monday at the latest,” Troutman said. “This isn’t a decision I came to lightly and it isn’t a step to advance to…

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Meet Keaton Alexander, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Keaton Alexander didn’t fall far from the family tree. Her great-grandfather, Ben Hill Griffin Jr., was in the Florida Legislature and ran for governor in 1974, losing the Democratic primary to Reubin Askew. Her father, JD Alexander, was a Florida state representative and senator for 14 years. And her sister, Britton, was press secretary for the Senate’s Republican caucus. Keaton’s heart was in dance, she says, specifically musical theater, but politics called. She is the Florida financial coordinator for former Gov. Jeb Bush‘s 2016 presidential campaign. “I…

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