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Two Tampa Bay Republican lawmakers plan major fundraisers for late September

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Two lawmakers from the Tampa Bay area have high-profile fundraisers planned for later this month.

With a host committee boasting more than 50 supporters — representing a range of Tampa Republicans — former House Majority Leader Dana Young is holding a special reception Wednesday, Sept. 28 for her Senate District 18 bid.

Included among the special guests are top GOP leadership including incoming Senate President Joe Negron, Majority Leader Bill Galvano, and Sens. Jack Latvala and Wilton Simpson. Event begins 5:30 p.m. in Tampa.

For additional information or RSVP, contact Ieva Smidt at 850-567-8022 or

On the other side of Tampa Bay, state Rep. Kathleen Peters will host a fundraiser in support of her re-election effort in House District 69. That event, also led by Latvala and Frank Chivas, owner of the Bay Star Restaurant Group, will be Monday, Sept. 26 beginning 5 p.m. at the Marina Cantina, 25 Causeway Boulevard in Clearwater Beach.

RSVP for the Peters event with RJ Myers, at

Young faces Democratic attorney Bob Buesing and two independent candidates for the newly drawn SD 18 seat, which covers South Tampa and western Hillsborough County.

In HD 69, Peters faces Democrat Jennifer Webb for the seat spanning Gulfport, South Pasadena, and several South Pinellas County beaches.

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