TAMPA — Republican Jackie Toledo won a convincing victory Tuesday over Democrat David Singer in the election to succeed Dana Young in Florida House District 60.
With all precincts counted, Toledo, a 40-year-old civil engineer, won the race by about 15 percentage points.
Toledo focused her campaign on broad themes of transportation, economic development and education. Along she way, she promised to repeal Republican-backed 2014 laws allowing children of illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition at public universities and to get licenses to practice law. She also called for the repeal of Florida's 6 percent sales tax on commercial leases and the national Common Core educational standards.
Singer, 38, a partner in the Tampa law firm of Singer & O'Donniley, said those kinds of positions put Toledo out of the mainstream in District 60.
Toledo spent about $254,000 on her campaign — $95,000 of that since the Republican primary in which she defeated construction company owner Rebecca Smith. Campaign spending by Singer, a first-time candidate, topped $156,000.
District 60 covers the South Tampa peninsula, plus Dana Shores, Davis Islands, Harbour Island, Palmetto Beach, Palm River-Clair Mel, Apollo Beach and parts of Ruskin west of U.S. 41.
Young represented the district for six years, but left this year to run for the state Senate in District 18, which includes the city of Tampa and much of western unincorporated Hillsborough County