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Ed Smith leaves Florida House race for school board

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Polk County Commissioner Ed Smith, a Lake Alfred Republican, has pulled out of the Republican Primary for Florida House District 41, and has entered the nonpartisan race for Polk County School Board against incumbent Dick Mullenax. Smith said his decision to switch to run for a local office is based “solidly on the health of my wife.” The change in races leaves two candidates in the Republican Primary for the legislative seat and to woo Smith’s large bloc of supporters…

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2nd Democrat files in HD 41, faces Judge Robert Doyel in primary

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A second Democrat has filed for the House District 41 seat currently held by term-limited Winter Haven Republican John Wood. If he makes the ballot, 23-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Nicolas Garcia will face off against retired Judge Robert Doyel in the Democratic primary, while three Republicans duke it out for the GOP nod. Garcia will have to act fast on the fundraising front. After entering the race last month, Doyel gave his campaign a headstart with a $10,000 loan.…

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