• Blaise Ingoglia, 47, is the incumbent in the state House 35th District and chairman of the state Republican Party. A Hernando County resident for more than two decades, he built a prosperous home-building business based in Spring Hill and played for two years on the World Poker Tour.
  • Colleen Kasperek, 57, is a criminal defense and civil mediation attorney who was a public defender in Florida’s Fifth Circuit from 2001 to 2006. A Philadelphia native who moved to Florida in the late 1990s, she is running for office for the first time.
  • The representative for House District 35 represents most of Hernando County. Representatives are elected every two years and may serve no more than four consecutive terms (Ingoglia has served two). State legislators receive an annual salary of $29,697
    • Florida Democrats currently hold 41 seats, so they’ll need to gain 20 seats to have a majority in the chamber. That won’t happen.
    • Ingoglia, who casts himself as a businessman rather than a “career politician,” has said he’ll prioritize policies that help attract manufacturers to Hernando County and satisfy the ones already here — including expansion of vocational training and education. He also wants to keep home prices and the cost-of-living low in the county.
    • Kasperek has said her top priorities would be criminal justice reform that includes decriminalization of minor offenses, attracting high-paying companies and strengthening environmental regulations while expanding solar energy production.

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