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Spring Hill gun shop owner joins House 35 race as no-party candidate

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Gun shop owner joins race for House seat

A Spring Hill gun shop owner has filed to run for the open state House seat in District 35.

James Scavetta, 60, filed papers this week to run as a no-party candidate for the seat currently held by Rob Schenck, a Spring Hill Republican who must leave office because of term limits.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Scavetta moved from New York to Spring Hill in 1987.

He received his high school diploma by passing the GED exam, has never been married and has no children.

He opened Shadow Hawk Inc. in Spring Hill in 2009. The shop offers firearms and survival gear.

Scavetta said in an interview that he is dissatisfied with both major parties and hopes to offer "a refreshing change."

He is the first no-party candidate to file.

There currently are two other candidates in the race: Republican Blaise Ingoglia, 43, a Spring Hill home builder who serves as chairman of the Hernando Republican Executive Committee and vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and Spring Hill Democrat and former Hernando County Commissioner Rose Rocco, 72. Another Democrat, Dave Welch of Brooksville, dropped out last month, citing personal reasons.

District 35 includes most of Hernando, except for the area generally north of State Road 50 and west of the Suncoast Parkway.

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