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Incumbents rule in Pinellas House District 65, 67, 69 races

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Republican incumbents retained their seats in State House Districts 65, 67 and 69. Chris Sprowls defeated Democrat Bernard “Bernie” Fensterwald to earn a second term in the HD 65 seat. Sprowls, from Palm Harbor, served as a prosecutor in the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office until this past summer when he left to go into private practice. Sprowls is expected to serve as Speaker of the House for 2021-2022. Chris Latvala, the son of Republican Sen. Jack Latvala, decisively defeated…

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Carrying guns on college campuses? Pinellas House candidates split on the issue

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Most Pinellas candidates running in the six races for a place in the Florida House of Representatives sharply disagreed with their opponents when the topic of guns on college campuses came up during a Wednesday forum on the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College. The House District 68 race was the only exception. In that race, Democrat Ben Diamond is running against Republican Joseph “JB” Bensmihen. There is no incumbent in the race. Both candidates are making their first run…

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Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas endorses four Republicans for State House

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The Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas has endorsed four Republicans running for re-election to the state House of Representatives. Reps. Chris Latvala, House District 67, and Larry Ahern, HD 66, received contribution checks from Farm Bureau-Pinellas board members Leslie Waters and Fred Petty during the group’s annual dinner earlier this month. Waters is mayor of Seminole and Petty is the former Pinellas County tax collector. Kathleen Peters, HD 69, and Chris Sprowls, HD 65, also received campaign contributions. “These state legislators have…

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