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Democrat Joseph Saportas files to run for Latvala House seat

Republican Chris Latvala is term-limited.
Joseph Saportas, a Democrat, has filed to run in what is now Pinellas County’s House District 67.
Joseph Saportas, a Democrat, has filed to run in what is now Pinellas County’s House District 67. [ Handout ]
Published Jul. 26

The race to replace House Education & Employment Chairman Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, has drawn its first Democrat.

Clearwater Democrat Joseph Saportas opened a campaign account last week in what is now Pinellas County’s House District 67, according to the state Division of Elections website.

Latvala cannot run again in 2022 because of term limits.

The race also has drawn former Rep. Kim Berfield and Jason Holloway, both Clearwater Republicans. The district’s boundaries — and potentially its number — could change before the 2022 elections because of the once-a-decade reapportionment process.