Republican Kathleen Peters has won a third term to the Florida House of Representatives.
Peters, 55, beat out Democrat Jennifer Webb, a first-time candidate, for the District 69 seat, which covers south Pinellas beaches, South Pasadena, Gulfport and northwest St. Petersburg.
"I feel great," Peters said. "I have a great team here that has worked so hard to really get the word out about what a hard worker I am and my team is. I look forward to continuing the fight for people who don't have a voice."
Tuesday's unofficial results show Peters with 57 percent of the vote to Webb's 43 percent.
A former mayor of South Pasadena, Peters was first elected to the Florida House in 2012. The Treasure Island resident campaigned on her efforts to reform the state's mental health system and her plan to address the area's failing sewers.
Webb, 36, director of community partnerships in the office of community engagement and partnerships at the University of South Florida, said she wanted to bring the community's voice to Tallahassee and stand up to "big money lobbyists"
Peters has said she wants to continue her work with the mental health system, this time addressing funding issues to provide communities with the resources they need.
"She outspent us 4-1," Webb said. "It was an uphill battle, but there are still votes to be counted."
Times correspondents Lorien Mattiacci and Darja Perisic contributed to this report. Contact Waveney Ann Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 892-2283. Follow @wmooretimes.