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Yvonne Fry gets early endorsements from Plant City Commission

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One day into her candidacy for Florida House District 58, Yvonne Fry received the endorsement of all five current Plant City Commissioners, including Mayor Rick Lott as well as another former member.

The longtime Hillsborough County activist is entering the race to succeed soon-to-retire state Rep. Dan Raulerson.

“I am proud to endorse Yvonne Fry as our next State Representative,” Lott said in a statement. “Yvonne is the personification of what Plant City is all about. Her involvement and leadership in causes and projects benefiting Plant City are extensive. The people of Plant City will be well-served in Tallahassee by Yvonne, and I urge them to join me in supporting her.”

Official endorsers from Fry’s hometown include Lott, Vice Mayor William Dodson; Commissioners Nate Kilton, Mary Mathis, Mike Sparkman and former Commissioner Billy Keel.

“Mayor Lott is a good friend and a terrific leader for Plant City,” Fry responded. “I am thrilled to have his support as well as that of the other esteemed members of our Plant City Commission. I thoroughly enjoy working with all of them on a daily basis to make our city better, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as State Representative.”

 A native Floridian, Fry grew up a farmer’s daughter in Plant City who emerged as one of Hillsborough County’s leading activists for women in leadership positions, as former chair of both the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women and the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

“I’m ready to get started,” Fry told Wednesday. “I’m ready to give back to the community that’s given so much to me and my family.”

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