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Former Democratic lawmaker Mike Clelland eyeing bid in Senate District 13

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Former Rep. Mike Clelland will pursue a return to Tallahassee in the open SD 13 seat vacated by term-limited Senate President Andy Gardiner, according to multiple Democratic operatives. The Morgan & Morgan attorney and former firefighter has made calls to past supporters to gauge interest in a bid for the Orlando-based Senate seat. One local Democrat told FloridaPolitics.com Clelland was encouraged to run by John Morgan himself, and that the 52-year-old is considering moving closer to the Orange County part of the SD 13, where most of the Democrats in the district…

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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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Top Senate fundraisers have slow July

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July fundraising numbers are in, though none of the big-ticket Senate races for 2016 got much action, and with the Special Session on Redistricting, it should stay that way for sitting lawmakers during the back half of August. Fort Walton Beach Republican state Rep. Matt Gaetz brought in $16,855 for the month and spent $7,629, leaving him with a formidable $441,907 cash-on-hand heading into August. Gaetz is still uncontested for the District 1 Senate seat currently held by his father, Niceville…

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Is Linda Stewart running for Senate? Website holds clue

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For Linda Stewart, the secret might be out. Although the former Orange County commissioner and state representative has not officially announced intentions for 2016, a new website — lindastewartforsenate.com – may have let it slip. Campaign website notwithstanding, Stewart’s announcement brings little surprise; for several months, she had been hinting at a run. Signifying a potential campaign does serve another purpose – as a warning to Rick Roach, who has been campaigning for the House District 13 seat for nearly a…

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Dean Asher adds $164K haul in June for Senate District 13 race

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Orlando Republican Dean Asher raised more than $164,000 in June, easily outclassing his competition in the race to replace term-limited Senate President Andy Gardiner in District 13. Most of the money came through Asher’s newly formed political action committee, Allegiant Friends for Florida. The committee’s inaugural month only brought in two checks, but they came from some deep pockets – the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee chipped in $100,000 and the Orlando Regional Realtor Association sent him another $49,000. The remaining balance of $15,250 came in through Asher’s campaign account. The first-time…

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