Mitchell takes District 9 primary
Tampa lawyer Bill Mitchell edged out John Dicks and Anita de Palma in the Democratic primary for U.S. House District 9.
With just a few precincts left to be counted in Hillsborough County, Mitchell had garnered 39 percent of the votes. He found strong support in Pasco County, where he recieved 45 percent of the votes.
Dicks, who won more votes in Hillsborough and in an extremely close race in Pinellas, said he was "disappointed" by the outcome, but ready to find other ways to serve the party.
In recent weeks, Mitchell had criticized Dicks in mailings and television ads over complaints made against the former financial adviser when he worked for controversial financial guru Charles Givens.
“We spent a lot of time (in Pasco). There’s no doubt to me that the negative TV ads had a negative impact.”
- Rita Farlow, Times staff writer