- Phil Hornback, 53, the Democratic challenger, is a former middle school science teacher who owns a real estate business with his wife, Sara, in Ruskin. The Des Moines, Iowa native became a small business owner in college, when he left school to take over a family-operated masonry business after his father retired.
- Lawrence McClure, 31, the Republican incumbent, is a conservative Plant City businessman and county Farm Bureau board member endorsed by the NRA. A Tampa native, McClure played soccer and football at Plant High School.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
- Florida Democrats are looking to regain control of the state House for the first time since 1996. They currently hold 41 seats, so they’ll need to gain 20 seats to have a majority in the chamber.
- Hornback sees failure to fully fund public education as a state crisis that must be reversed if Florida is to succeed in attracting new jobs. He also opposes moves in Tallahassee to take away control from local government and considers the environment a top priority.
- McClure pointed to his role in passing what he calls record funding for public education. He considers protecting agriculture and improving transportation as top state priorities.
- The district stretches from Plant City west to Temple Terrace. State representatives serve two year terms and receive $29,697 a year.
WHAT YOU NEED TO READ
- Lawrence McClure wins special state House District 58 election
- Democrats in Hillsborough boast full ballot, almost
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