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Kelli Stargel draws Polk County Democrat challenger in SD 22 race

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A Polk County Democrat announced this week that she will run against Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel in the newly redrawn Senate District 22. Former Polk County School Board member Debra Wright made the announcement Monday during the Open House of the Democratic Headquarters in Haines City and during the same meeting earned the support of Polk County Democratic State Committeewoman Ruth Ann Eaddy. “Ms. Stargel’s record has shown a disregard for what is best for her constituents by writing…

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Independent business group endorses Dean Asher in SD 13 race

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An independent business group announced Thursday it would endorse Republican candidate Dean Asher in the Senate District 13 race. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, which represents 325,000 small-business owners, announced their support and presented the Orlando-area real estate broker and former Florida Realtors president with a check during a Thursday luncheon. “NFIB represents every independent business in Florida. Where can we go without touching an independent business owner in Florida/” Asher said after accepting a check from the organization.…

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