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Democrats optimistic in District 44

Republican state Rep. Rob Schenck just finished his first term in Tallahassee. But there's no time for him to relax. The first re-election campaign is often the toughest, and this year, local Democrats are poised to mount an aggressive challenge.

Florida Democratic Party officials believe Schenck's district is one of the most vulnerable Republican-held seats in the state. And now they have a candidate to trumpet.

This week, Joseph Puglia, a 41-year-old business owner from Brooksville, filed paperwork noting his intent to run. He is supported by local party chairman Jay Rowden and the state party, which is lending staff support and financial muscle. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]

    

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