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Here’s a rundown of the final flurry of pre-primary fundraising activity in Tampa Bay races

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The Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are mostly decided, but new campaign finance reports show a flurry of activity in SD 19, the only area Senate district with a primary battle. Democrat Augie Ribeiro has raised and spent the most money, including another $10,000 of his own money between Aug. 12 and Aug. 25, though he is running against three current and former lawmakers. Rep. Ed Narain crossed the $250,000 mark in total fundraising after reporting $4,500 in contributions for…

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HD 59 Democratic candidate Naze Sahebzamani says she’s okay that she’s not the party favorite

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As FloridaPolitics.com reported last week, incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz is convinced the Democrats can flip six seats from red to blue in the state House elections this fall. To accomplish that ambitious goal, the party has invested resources into some of its competitive primaries this summer, including the House District 59 race between educator Naze Sahebzamani and attorney Rena Frazier. Specifically, the party is paying for Frazier’s campaign manager. Sahebzamani says that’s disappointing, but she says it doesn’t affect her confidence that she can win the primary…

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Rena Frazier gets the backing of Les and Gwen Miller in her HD 59 contest

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Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller and his wife, former Tampa City Councilwoman Gwen Miller, are backing Democrat Rena Frazier in the HD 59 race. Frazier, a Brandon-based attorney, is running in a competitive Democratic primary against Brandon-based school teacher Naze Sahebzamani on Aug. 30. Frazier has raised more than three times as much campaign cash as Sahebzamani has in the campaign. At the end of May, Frazier had raised more than $94,000, Sahebzamani more than $28,000. “Rena Frazier has proven her leadership and commitment to her…

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AFL-CIO endorses Naze Sahebzamani in HD 59 race

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The Florida AFL-CIO is taking sides in the competitive Democratic primary in the House District 59 race, backing Naze Sahebzamani in her race against Rena Frazier. “I am proud and grateful for the support of the Florida AFL-CIO in my run for the Florida State House of Representative, District 59,” Sahebzamani said in a statement. “I promise to champion the working families of our state in the same manner unions champion American workers and give them the voice they have long been lacking in…

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Ross Spano leads all candidates in fundraising in HD 59 race

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Ross Spano, running for reelection in Hillsborough County’s House District 59 race, raised $20,250 in May, and has now raised more than $121,000 in his campaign coffers. Spano will face the winner of the Aug. 30 Democratic primary between Rene Frazier and Naze Sahebzamani. Frazier, who has received financial support from the Florida Democratic Party in her race, raised $11,798 in May, and has raised $94,389 to date. Sahebzamani raised $1,792 in May, and has raised $26,811 to date. Frazier has been invited to…

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HD 59 aspirant Rene Frazier says she can bring people together if elected to serve in Tallahassee

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HD 59 Democratic candidate Rene Frazier says she’s running to become a member of the Florida Legislature because she’s tired of Tallahassee failing to address important issues. At the top of her list is the refusal to expand Medicaid. “We’ve had 800,00 Floridians without health care – 40,000 of them who are vets,” she says. “Several sessions ago, the Legislature refused to expand Medicaid, walked off without passing a budget that cost the taxpayers $1.5 million, and I think people…

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Rena Frazier blasts Ross Spano’s vote in support of confederate statue as “shameful”

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The Florida House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to remove and replace a statue of Confederate Army General Edmund Kirby Smith in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. The vote was 83-32. The move to take down Smith’s statue began in earnest last summer, after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took down the Confederate flag from its State House grounds, opening up the discussion about Confederate symbols. Haley’s move occurred after a white gunman killed 9 black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. It was later revealed…

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