Incumbent Nick DiCeglie, R-Indian Rocks Beach, leads the race for the House District 66 seat. He’s pushing to serve another two-year term in Tallahassee.
As of 8:25 p.m., DiCeglie, owner of Solar Sanitation Inc., was ahead with just under 59 percent of the vote with the majority of Pinellas precincts reporting. Democrat Patricia Plantamura, 62, who is semi-retired after working a number of different jobs, had about 41 percent of the vote. These numbers do not include provisional ballots or 10 day overseas ballots.
In 2018, DiCeglie was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives after serving as the chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Party. During his 2018-2020 term, DiCeglie was part of a number of statehouse subcommittees, including the Civil Justice Subcommittee, the Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee and the Health & Human Services Committee.
DiCeglie campaigned on reopening the economy, supporting low taxes and reducing government regulation. Throughout the campaign, Plantamura focused on health care for all Floridians, supporting affordable housing and investing in education.
DiCeglie and Plantamura both ran unopposed in the August primary. DiCeglie raised over $238,600, leaving Plantamura trailing significantly behind after fundraising just over $21,500.
State representatives can serve up to four two-year terms, earning $29,697 per year. House District 66 covers parts of Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores and Seminole.
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