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Mike Clelland adds another $97K, widens lead in SD 13 primary race

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Maitland Democrat Mike Clelland added another $97,000 in contributions last month, putting him farther ahead of his two primary opponents in the Senate District 13 race. “I am honored and energized by the tremendous support I continue to receive from my community. This outpouring of support has only deepened my commitment to serve the people of Central Florida in Tallahassee,” Clelland said. “It’s clear that my community is ready for new leadership in Tallahassee, and I look forward to working…

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Former Democratic lawmaker Mike Clelland eyeing bid in Senate District 13

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Former Rep. Mike Clelland will pursue a return to Tallahassee in the open SD 13 seat vacated by term-limited Senate President Andy Gardiner, according to multiple Democratic operatives. The Morgan & Morgan attorney and former firefighter has made calls to past supporters to gauge interest in a bid for the Orlando-based Senate seat. One local Democrat told FloridaPolitics.com Clelland was encouraged to run by John Morgan himself, and that the 52-year-old is considering moving closer to the Orange County part of the SD 13, where most of the Democrats in the district…

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Independent business group endorses Dean Asher in SD 13 race

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An independent business group announced Thursday it would endorse Republican candidate Dean Asher in the Senate District 13 race. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, which represents 325,000 small-business owners, announced their support and presented the Orlando-area real estate broker and former Florida Realtors president with a check during a Thursday luncheon. “NFIB represents every independent business in Florida. Where can we go without touching an independent business owner in Florida/” Asher said after accepting a check from the organization.…

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