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Behind the scenes, Jack Latvala guides a string of Pinellas candidates



The name Jack Latvala will appear only once on a ballot this fall, but the veteran state senator is again a formidable backstage presence in many other races.

Latvala isn't just running his re-election campaign.

He's helping other candidates run theirs.

A part-time legislator and full-time campaign consultant, Latvala has his hand in more than a dozen races this year, either as part of his business or to advance his efforts to become Senate president.

It's risky.

But it's also lucrative, generating more than $200,000 this election cycle for Latvala's companies and $3.6 million since 2003.

If you vote in Pinellas County and a political flyer lands in your mailbox, chances are Latvala and the printing company he runs, Direct Marketing Southeast, had a hand in its creation. Read the full story here.

[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 3:53pm]


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