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In Pinellas congressional race, Peters and Jolly receive new endorsements



Two days after declaring her candidacy for the Republican nomination to Pinellas County's open congressional seat, State Rep. Kathleen Peters has been endorsed by Maggie's List, a group that supports fiscally conservative female candidates for Congress.

Meanwhile, fellow Republican Candidate David Jolly, who kicked off his campaign two weeks ago, received the endorsement of Clearwater's Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 10.

Peters and Jolly are both candidates for  Congress in the seat left vacant by the Oct. 18 death of  longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. BIll Young. A special election has been called, with a Jan. 14 primary and a March 11 general election.

Maggie's List said Peters “is an impressive candidate with solid experience in the Florida House of Representatives. She has proven electability in this district and can help put an end to the overspending and encroachment of personal freedoms rampant in the Obama administration and the liberal-led U.S. Senate."

Clearwater's FOP president said that Jolly, a former general counsel and aide to Young, had "worked tirelessly to show his support for law enforcement, often spearheading the efforts of Bill and Beverly Young."

Retired Marine Corps Reserve Brigadier General Mark Bircher also is seeking the Republican nomination to the seat.

Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is the Democratic candidate and commercial diver Luke Overby is the Libertarian candidate.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:22pm]


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