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Jeff Brandes wins SD 24 seat after write-in candidate drops out

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Jeff Brandes has won the state Senate District 24 seat. Although the 40-year-old Brandes had no Democratic opponent (or a Republican one in last month’s primary), he was facing write-in candidate Alexander Johnson in the Nov. 8 election. However, Johnson has now dropped out of the race, effectively making Brandes the winner. Brandes has been in the Florida Legislature since 2010, when he defeated Democrat Bill Heller in the House District 52 race in Pinellas County. After a single term in the House, Brandes ran…

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Jeff Brandes gets write-in opponent in bid for re-election to SD 24 race

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St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes looks to win re-election easily this November to his Pinellas/Hillsborough Senate District 24 seat. No Democrat has emerged in 2016 to oppose him, perhaps intimidated by Brandes’s war chest, which includes more than $300,000 cash-on-hand. An Army veteran, Brandes graduated from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee in 1999 with a degree in business administration. He joined the Army Reserve after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Brandes successfully ran for House District 52 in 2010. After a single term…

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