Lawyer Mike Beltran of Lithia won the Republican primary race for state House District 57, edging out former infantry officer Sean McCoy.
"I am very humbled by the support from the voters here in District 57," Beltran said. "We will continue to work hard to ensure victory in November."
Though Beltran said he has worked on other campaigns, his only experience stumping for himself was in a homeowners association election involving 20,000 residents.
He won the most votes in that race, he said, and repeated the formula to win Tuesday.
"Just hard work, going door to door, greeting voters and getting my message out."
The district encompasses a swath of Hillsborough County that includes Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center and Wimauma.
Beltran and Sean McCoy were seeking the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by the retiring Jake Raburn, also a Republican. Beltran now faces Democrat Debbie Katt of Valrico, a software engineer, in the general election Nov. 6.
Beltran, a University of Pennsylvania graduate with a degree from Harvard Law School, listed among his legislative priorities transparency and accountability in government, reducing waste and supporting the Trump administration by dealing with sanctuary cities in Florida.
He has twice being named by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on judicial nominating commissions in both Orlando and Tampa.
Sean McCoy is director of strategy and commercialization for Ideal Image. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has an MBA at Columbia University Business School.
In a Facebook post, McCoy said the district needed a "leader to succeed Representative Raburn who will continue the same strong commitment to our conservative values and local priorities."
State representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $29,697.
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