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Christopher Licata switches to running in House District 69

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After initially planning to run in 2018 to try to replace House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, Republican Christopher Licata this week switched races to run for an open Pinellas County House seat.

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Legislative aide John Rodriguez eyes HD 62 race

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John Rodriguez, a former legislative aide to House Democrats Janet Cruz, Bob Henriquez, Michael Scionti and Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (who switched to the GOP since), now hopes to succeed Cruz in the Tampa-area House District 62 seat.

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Janet Rifkin set to file for Mike Scionti’s seat in Florida House

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Within minutes of Tampa state Rep. Michael Scionti announcing his resignation to take a position with the Obama administration, a West Tampa activist has emerged as his possible successor. Janet Rifkin, a veteran local Democratic party activist and fundraiser, will run in the special election for heavily Hispanic district representing West Tampa and Town ‘N Country, said Ana Cruz, a local Democratic operative and Rifkin’s daughter. Rifkin, a former county Democratic Hispanic caucus chair, could have some competition for the…

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