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Brandon Democrat Upshaw-Frazier to run in Florida House District 59 race

A new Democratic candidate, Rena Upshaw-Frazier, has filed to run for the state House District 59 seat now held by held by Republican Ross Spano.

Frazier, 36, is a Brandon attorney specializing in real estate litigation.

Her entry in the race creates a Democratic primary contest with Golnaz "Naze" Sahebzamani an International Baccalaureate social studies teacher at Robinson High School, who filed July 9.

Frazier is a University of South Florida and Stetson law school graduate married to a former USF basketball star Anddrikk Frazier. The two have four children, the oldest an Air Force Academy freshman.

In a news release, Frazier said "dysfunction … has overtaken Tallahassee," citing the Legislature's failure to expand Medicaid and difficulty passing a state budget.

"The people of our community deserve better."

Local democrats have put the Brandon/Bloomingdale/Valrico district on their list of a dozen or so GOP-held seats that could swing Democratic in a presidential year.