- With all 33 precincts reporting, Rep. Amber Mariano defeated Linda Jack 58.8 percent to 41.2 percent.
- The Hudson Republican now begins her second term in the Legislature at age 23.
- More results: https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/11/06/florida-election-results-follow-governor-us-senate-and-all-races-here/
State Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, won her first election to the Florida House of Representatives two years ago in a squeaker over then-incumbent Amanda Murphy.
On Tuesday, she cruised to re-election in a no-doubt fashion over Democrat Linda Jack. Mariano collected nearly 59 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns.
“It was probably close to 10,000 notes, and that’s how many votes I won by,” she said.
Mariano, 23, the daughter of Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, said during the campaign her top legislative priority for 2019 would be a local bill allowing Pasco to finance canal dredging through higher boat registration fees.
Jack, a veterinarian and former professional musician and music teacher, focused on a platform of better funding for public education, improved coastal quality and expanding health care coverage.
The boat fee issues, Jack said, showed Mariano to be out of touch with more imperative issues confronting the west Pasco district.
During the campaign, she lamented the ongoing and time-consuming chore of working the telephone to solicit contributions instead of having more time for face-to-face voter interaction.
She raised more than $75,000, but Mariano received more than $237,000. District 36 covers western Pasco County from the coast to approximately Little Road.
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