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Pasco voters gave Republican Ardian Zika the win Tuesday in the race to succeed retiring state House Speaker Richard Corcoran as the District 37 representative.

Zika, a business consultant and former banker, captured more than 60 percent of the vote over Democrat Tammy Garcia, according to unofficial returns. Both live in Land O' Lakes, and both were making their first runs for public office.

“People have resonated with our message. That’s the feedback we’ve gotten … The community’s looking for unity,” Zika said at midday.
His campaign, financed by Tallahassee special interests as if he were the incumbent, didn’t stray much from his “Floridians First” talking points that emphasized job growth and better funding for higher education.
“It was a bi-partisan win, people reached across the aisles,’’ Zika said after the results were in.  “I’m humbled and honored by the vote of confidence.’’

Garcia, who does billing for an eye-care company, stressed more investment in  K-12 public education and stronger environmental safeguards for water quality.

“What I have been thrilled about is … my opponent and I have kept it clean and focused on the issues,” said Garcia. “I think we’ve shown real leadership in what a race should be.’’

The race drew significantly less attention than Zika's Republican primary victory over two other opponents on Aug. 28.

"It was definitely low key," said Garcia.

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