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Former lawmaker Bev Kilmer challenges Brad Drake for Panhandle House seat

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When Rep. Brad Drake agreed to step aside and allow Rep. Marti Coley to finish out her tenure in the House after 2011 redistricting, he probably figured her former HD 5 seat was all his for four terms. But Bev Kilmer has announced she will not extend Drake the same professional courtesy Coley received when she and Drake were drawn into the same district. Kilmer, a former fellow Republican state representative, filed paperwork to run for the deep-red Panhandle House seat on Wednesday, according to Division of Elections…

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