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Florida’s 10th Congressional District

The year of the openly gay candidate in Florida politics

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This is the year that Central Florida gays step boldly into the political spotlight, joining an increasingly large outpouring of gay candidates statewide. Four openly gay Orlando-area Democratic candidates are running for election in federal and state races this year; Valleri Crabtree in Florida’s 9th Congressional District centered in south Orlando and Kissimmee; Bob Poe in Florida’s 10th Congressional District centered in west Orlando. There is also Beth Tuura in the 47th Florida House District centered in central Orlando, and Carlos Guillermo…

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Congressional candidate Bob Poe: ‘I have HIV’

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Democratic congressional candidate Bob Poe of Orlando announced Thursday that he has HIV though he is healthy and has been so since first being diagnosed 18 years ago. Poe, a Democrat running in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, said he struggled all year trying to decide whether, when and how to come out to voters and the public that he is HIV-positive. Thursday he said he just could not live with himself keeping it secret any longer. Human immunodeficiency virus, if untreated, causes…

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Daniel Webster to hold Spring Hill fundraiser May 19

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Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster will hold a fundraiser later this month at the Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill, his campaign announced Thursday. The host committee for the event, scheduled for May 19 at 6 pm, includes former Florida Attorney General and U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, Hernando County School Board member and businessman Gus Guadagnino and former Hernando County Association of Realtors President Al Boland, among many others. Webster has served in congress since 2011 and is currently representing…

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Bob Poe tells Democratic donors he’ll run for Congress

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With Demi Lovato and John Legend slated to perform and comedian Amy Schumer mingling with guests, the star-studded birthday party for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a must-attend event for much of the Democratic Party’s elite. Hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour at designer Vera Wang‘s Upper East Side home, there were dozens of celebrities, fashion icons and power brokers in attendance. Representing the Sunshine State were Alex Sink, Mitchell Berger, Chris Korge, Jared Moskowitz, and Ben Pollara. Another Floridian who was there and turned heads…

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