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Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco endorses Augie Ribeiro for Florida Senate District 19

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Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco endorsed wealthy, political newcomer Augie Ribeiro Thursday for Florida Senate District 19, currently occupied by term-limited Sen. Arthenia Joyner.

Ribeiro, a well-known Pinellas-based attorney who represented St. Pete Beach in the BP oil spill settlement, was the last of four candidates to file for the open seat this summer.

“He has spent his life standing up for regular people and hardworking families, and will work hard for us in Tallahassee,” Greco said in a release. “Augie will stand up to the special interests in Tallahassee and will fight to lower utility and insurance rates – and when Augie says he will do something, trust me, he will do everything he possibly can.”

Ribeiro is the only candidate without prior experience in the Florida House of Representatives. Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and Rep. Ed Narain, D-Tampa, are currently serving in the House, though Rouson is in his final term. Betty Reed represented district 61, Narain’s seat, for eight years.

Most of the race’s major endorsements have fallen to Rouson and Narain, usually divided by county (Pinellas siding with Rouson; Hillsborough with Narain).

"I'm honored to have the support of Mayor Greco, who has been an important part of this community since the early 1960s," Ribeiro said. "Few people know Tampa Bay and its politics better, and I'm thankful for his belief in my candidacy.”

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 1:52pm]

    

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