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Black Republican wins Lakeland mayor race



Gowfields Charlie Crist and the Florida GOP didn't get too far trying to push Deveron Gibbons to be elected as the black Republican mayor of St. Pete. But on Tuesday Gow Field was elected mayor of Lakeland, giving the Florida GOP another prominent African-American in office.


"Across the country, the results of November’s election demonstrated that Independent and Democrat voters are dissatisfied with the Democrat-style |of leadership and willing to look to the Republican side of the aisle for |leaders who better reflect their values. As a result of yesterday’s run-off election, we now have additional African American Republican  leaders in Lakeland who will work hard to reflect Republican values in their public service,” said state Rep. Jennifer Caroll, chairman of the African-American Republican Leadership Council.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:09pm]


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