• style="font-weight: 400;">Jeff Brandes, the incumbent Republican, has served in the Florida Legislature since 2010. He currently serves on seven Florida Senate committees, including the appropriations committee.
  • style="font-weight: 400;">Lindsay Cross, the Democratic challenger, is a running for political office for the first time. She’s an environmental scientist who previously was the executive director of the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
  • style="font-weight: 400;">Florida Senate District 24 stretches across much of southern Pinellas County, encompassing parts of Pinellas Park, north St. Petersburg, Largo and the beach towns south of Clearwater Beach. It is one of 40 state Senate seats.
  • style="font-weight: 400;">Florida Democrats are looking to regain outright control of the state Senate for the first time since 1992. They currently hold 16 seats, so they’ll need to gain five seats to have a majority in the chamber.
  • style="font-weight: 400;">If re-elected Brandes says he would continue to support conservative education and economic policies. He’d also work to protect gun rights and continue to push for criminal justice reform and infrastructure to support driverless cars.
  • style="font-weight: 400;">If elected, Cross says she will work to expand Medicaid in Florida, increase teacher salaries and vote to ban assault weapons.

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