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Florida House: Incumbent James Grant wins big

The Republican state representative is set to face Tampa middle school teacher Jessica Harrington in November.

TAMPA —Incumbent state Rep. James Grant easily clinched the Republican nomination for Florida House District 64 against first-time candidate Terry Power.

Grant will now face Democratic candidate and Hillsborough middle school teacher Jessica Harrington in the November 6 general election.

Grant, 35, of Tampa won about 68 percent of the votes Tuesday, according to unofficial results. District 64 covers Northdale, Keystone, Westchase and Oldsmar and includes fast-growing neighborhoods where rural lifestyles are being threatened by urban sprawl.

Grant bested Power, 60, the founder of American Pension Services, Inc.

Grant was first elected to the state House in 2010, and was easily re-elected in 2012 and 2014. However, a dispute over the voting process led to a rejection of the 2014 result, leaving the seat vacant until Grant won a special election in early 2015.

The Stetson Law graduate and tech entrepreneur is the chair of the House's Health Quality Subcommittee. He was co-founder of the health care IT company CareSync, which unexpectedly shut down in late June, leaving 292 employees in Tampa and Wauchula in the lurch.

During the campaign, Grant said he plans to focus on his work with several health care subcommittees in the House and hopes to continue his work "to put the patient first."

State representatives serve two year terms and earn $29,697 a year.

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