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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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Janet Long donates to Chris Latvala’s HD 67 campaign

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Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long donated $100 to Chris Latvala’s re-election campaign. Long is a Democrat. Latvala is a Republican. “I support those who I think are really, really good leaders,” Long said. “I have found him to have quite a bit of depth for a man of his age.” Long said Tuesday that, at the beginning of the campaign season, she said she would not work against any incumbent who had done good things for Pinellas. Latvala, whom Long…

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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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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘it’s October’ edition

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Hello, October. This is the final full month of the 2016 campaign cycle. In five weeks, we will know so much more about the future of the country, the state and our communities. But, no matter what, life will go on. For those in “The Process” — Florida Politics’ term for the unending legislative campaign/legislative session system — it’s just two months before committee meetings begin. In fact, like many people I talk to who are in “The Process,” we’re planning for the 2017…

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Pinellas candidates for state House get personal at forum

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A one-issue forum about mental health and substance abuse Thursday evoked some of the most private information from candidates seeking election to the Florida House of Representatives. Jennifer Webb talked about arriving at an intervention for her “baby sister” too late to do anything other than watch her shoot herself. It was through that experience, Webb said, she came to realize the devastation drug abuse and mental health issues wreak on families and friends as well as on the sick person.…

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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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Pinellas candidates to square off in debate at SPC

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To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 8 general election. The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Digitorium on the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu. Voting is the most…

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