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Sparks fly as Rod Smith, Keith Perry offer contrasting views at Senate debate

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Candidates for Florida’s newly drawn Senate District 8 outlined their disparate visions for the future to more than 300 students at a debate held at the University of Florida Tuesday evening. But one thing both men had in common was their choice to lead lives that differ dramatically from the lives their fathers led. “Happiness means doing what you want to do,” said state Rep. Keith Perry, a 57-year-old Republican from Gainesville. “A top-down, centralized form of government that grows…

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