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Bruce Barnett and Jake Raburn face off in a new district in southeastern Hillsborough. Raburn has garnered several local endorsements, but Barnett is determined to bring Democratic representation to this historically Republican part of the county. Elizabeth Behrman, Times staff writer

Bruce Barnett, 49

Logistics manager for General Transportation Services

Jake Raburn, 27

Hinton Farms marketing director

Spent four years in the Army and attended the Defense Language Institute. Served as a Czech linguist with the 66th Military Intelligence Company of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment before being honorably discharged. He has worked his way through the ranks of the trucking and logistics industry, and now serves as the logistics manager for General Transportation Services. He lives in Valrico.Experience Worked for two years as a marketing specialist with the Florida Department of Citrus. Serves on the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau; the Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Committee of the Florida Farm Bureau; the marketing committee of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association; and as a director for the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Board. He lives in Plant City.
Associate's degree from St. Petersburg Junior College; bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the State of New York; master's degree in business administration from the University of PhoenixEducationBachelor of science degree in agricultural communication from the University of Florida
Education. Restore education funding so more people can afford to go to college. That would help bridge the education gap, therefore helping more people get jobs and attracting more business to the state.What would your top priority be in the legislature?The economy. Eliminate duplication of regulation and reduce regulation to help locally owned and locally operated businesses prosper. Help businesses by reducing taxation.
Stop funneling money out of the education system and giving it to big corporations that aren't actually creating jobs. Expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Invest in infrastructure and generally make Florida a nice place to live so more business will come here.What else can the Legislature do to grow Florida's economy and create more jobs?Focus on maintaining and improving infrastructure and access to deepwater ports. With the expansion of the Panama Canal, this can provide an opportunity to entice new businesses and for current businesses to prosper and grow.
The state needs to get more people to graduate from high school and college. In order to do that, the state needs to stop cutting school funding.What should be done to improve education in Florida?Increase access to and build up career and technical programs. Every student that wants to go to college should have the opportunity and be properly prepared, but we also need to prepare students that don't go for the workforce.
The Legislature needs to rein in some of the sales tax exemptions. Also supports an Internet sales tax.How would you change the state's tax system?Look at ways to reduce or eliminate business income tax. Businesses can grow and hire more people, so give them the best resources to create jobs and grow the economy.
About $481,000 for Valrico home and bank accounts. Additional $12,300 in household goods and personal effects.AssetsAbout $18,000 from Plant City home and bank account. Additional $75,000 in household goods and personal effects.
About $65,000 for mortgageLiabilitiesAbout $145,000 in mortgage and auto loan
$65,612Income$50,181 from Hinton Farms
Married 21 years to Birgit; one daughter, Jana, who attends the University of Central FloridaPersonalMarried four years to Melissa; 1-year-old son, Jackson

About the job: District 57 includes Riverview, FishHawk, Apollo Beach and Wimauma. State representatives serve two-year terms. The job pays $29,697 a year.

Florida House District 57: Bruce Barnett (D), Jake Raburn (R)

Bruce Barnett and Jake Raburn face off in a new district in southeastern Hillsborough. Raburn has garnered several local endorsements, but Barnett is determined to bring Democratic representation to this historically Republican part of the county.

Florida House District 57: Bruce Barnett (D), Jake Raburn (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:59pm]
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