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Clearwater Chamber's political committee endorses incumbent Republicans in state races



CLEARPAC, the political arm of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, has announced its endorsements for the November election. 

The political committee is backing all Republican incumbents for Florida House and Senate races covering north Pinellas County: Jack Latvala in the District 20 state senate race (who, by the way, is being “challenged” by a silent write-in candidate Katherine Perkins, who has not made a single public campaign appearance, returned repeated phone calls or notes left at her home by a reporter); Chris Sprowls for state house District 65; Larry Ahern for state house District 66; Chris Latvala for state house District 67; and Kathleen Peters for state house District 69.

CLEARPAC also endorsed Matthew Stewart for school board District 1 and Carol Cook for school board District 5, which are non partisan races.

The board told the public to research the two candidates for Pinellas County Commission District 3, saying both incumbent Charlie Justice, a Democrat, and challenger Mike Mikurak, a Republican, were well qualified.

The committee focused its endorsements on candidates best suited on transportation funding, education, business regulation and workers compensation reform, according to a news release.

In a statement, CLEARPAC chair Judy Mitchell said the chosen candidates “best understand the importance of maintaining a pro-business environment and who are willing to collaborate in order to advance public policy that allows our businesses to prosper, grow and create new jobs.”

[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 9:38am]


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