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Voters can meet incumbent Nehr and his opponents next week



Voters in northern Pinellas County's new District 65 (former District 48) have a chance next week to meet the incumbent, state Rep. Peter Nehr, and his opponents in the Aug. 14 Republican primary.

Nehr plans to attend a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Monday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. His opponents Tory Perfetti and Philip Tropea also plan to attend. Marg Baker, the final candidate in the primary, has declined to speak to the Tampa Bay Times during the campaign.

Nehr, 60, the former owner of a Tarpon Springs flag shop, is a three-term incumbent running for his fourth and final term. He enjoys a massive fundraising lead over his opponents, according to campaign filings with the state. Nehr has raised $125,331 through July 6, while his three opponents combined have raised less than $8,000, most of that their own money.

Perfetti, 30, is a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard from Oldsmar. Tropea, 74, is a Palm Harbor retiree and frequent commenter at Pinellas County Commission meetings. Baker, 71, is also a Palm Harbor retiree, and ran against Nehr in 2010, drawing 20 percent of the vote in the primary despite generating controversy for saying illegal immigrants are such a problem in Florida that “camps” should be built to house them until they can be deported.

The Times will run a preview of the District 65 primary next week. The winner will face Democrat Carl Zimmerman in the Nov. 6 election.




[Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:52pm]


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