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Rod Smith raises nearly $283K in first month of SD 8 campaign

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Former State Attorney and State Senator Rod Smith raised $282,985 in his first month of his Senate District 8 campaign. In a statement Thursday, Smith’s campaign called the response a “massive outpouring” of bipartisan support. The figures include $150,485 contributed to his personal campaign account, and another $132,500 to Independent Leadership for Florida, the political committee supporting Smith. “We have received strong early support from Democrats, Republicans, and independents throughout Northcentral Florida because they want independent leaders who will focus…

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Rod Smith teases “major announcement,” could be entering SD 8 race

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Standing in front of the Alachua County Court House, former state Sen. Rod Smith teased a “major announcement” for Tuesday morning, which almost certainly will mark his entry into the race for the newly redrawn Senate District 8. The Gainesville attorney and former Florida Democratic Party chair would be the second candidate in the contest, joining Gainesville Republican Rep. Keith Perry, who announced Friday he would skip his last term in House District 21 to run for the seat. Smith has…

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Keith Perry announces SD 8 run

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Republican Rep. Keith Perry announced Thursday he would forego his final term in the House and run for the newly redrawn Senate District 8 seat. “It really has been an honor to work for you in the Florida House. I’m proud to have helped cut taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars, and because of the progress we’ve made, Florida was recently named the freest state in America,” Perry said in a news release. “However, there’s still a lot of…

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