Chris Anderson withdraws from HD 28 race - Florida Politics

Chris Anderson withdraws from HD 28 race

Republican Christopher Anderson has withdrawn his candidacy for Florida House District 28.

Anderson’s withdrawal, recorded Wednesday by the Florida Secretary of State, clears the Republican field for front-runner David Smith of Winter Springs for a showdown with Democrat Lee Mangold for a seat being vacated by Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur.

The district covers northeast Seminole County.

Anderson, a Seminole County deputy sheriff, entered the race in June and came in with almost $10,000 raised that first month, but has raised no money since then.

Smith, a business consultant, by contrast, has raised more than $130,000, including $70,000 he donated to his own campaign.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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