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Republican Alex Miller enters race for Ray Pilon’s HD 72 seat

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House District 72 has drawn its first Republican candidate since current Rep. Ray Pilon announced he would vacate the seat to run for the Senate. Businesswoman Alexandra Miller filed Monday, joining Democrat Edward James in the race for the Sarasota County seat. “I’m not a politician. Like you, I am concerned for the future and believe we can build a better Florida. I will bring a unique perspective to the Florida House,” Miller said in an announcement. Miller, who runs…

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Ray Pilon brings in $9K, Edward James $5K in HD 72 fundraising

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Sarasota state Rep. Ray Pilon brought in his second-largest fundraising haul since drawing an opponent in the 2016 campaign cycle last month, raising $9,363 during the December reporting period. The showing takes Pilon to about $74,117 cash on hand after deducting $29,519 in expenditures from his $103,636 total raised. Pilon’s opponent, Democrat Edward James, added $5,170 to his campaign account last month. The figure, combined with contributions to a political committee supporting his run, bring James’ total to $150,973 on hand. The third-term lawmaker’s…

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Money flows in Southwest Florida House races

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Money is flowing in Southwest Florida, with Republican state Reps. Jim Boyd, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube each posting their best fundraising reports since the start of the 2015 session. Boyd, currently running unopposed in House District 71, added $39,000 in contributions last month, raising his on-hand cash to $56,246 for his fourth and final House campaign. The total includes 23 maximum checks of $1,000, four of which came from insurance company GEICO and its subsidiaries. Steube raised $23,465, bringing…

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Ray Pilon, outraised in June, unfazed by Democratic challenge

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State Rep. Ray Pilon raised just $1,985 in last month while his opponent in Sarasota’s HD 72, Democrat Edward James, brought in more than $30,000 between his campaign account and an affiliated PAC. That blowout margin bears an asterisk — Pilon was prohibited from taking contributions for most of June due to a special session — but it also reflects the most serious threat the third-term Republican has faced since he defeated former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald to snag the seat back…

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