Randy Maggard won Tuesday night’s race for state representative of Florida House District 38, beating challenger Brian Staver with 59 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.
“I’d like to give a big ‘thank you' to all of my supporters,” Maggard said. “Without their unwavering help, I couldn’t have done it.”
The district covers eastern Pasco County and has a two-year term. The salary is $29,697.
Republican Maggard, 57, is the vice president of Sonny’s Discount Appliances and has held the seat since a special election in 2019. He ran as a fiscal conservative supported by Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and promised to improve water quality and access to healthcare. In the past, he has served on the Southwest Water Management Governing Board and was the chairman of the Republican Party of Pasco from 2006 to 2012. By late October, Maggard’s campaign had raised $101,232, with another $41,300 in his political committee.
Democrat Staver, 61, is a Navy veteran who spent his career in Silicon Valley’s tech industry. His platform emphasized public education, gun control, healthcare access and climate change issues, including supporting the renewable energy industry. He ran unsuccessfully for the Pasco School Board in 2018. By late October, Staver’s campaign had raised about $9,000.
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