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Chris Sprowls gets Democratic opponent in HD 65 race

While Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls is expected to glide to another two-year term in the Florida House this November, at least the Democratic Party has now put up a candidate to run against him.

On Friday, Alex Stephen Toth, also of Palm Harbor, filed to run for the House District 65 seat.

Sprowls, 34, has been on a fast track in the Legislature since winning HD 65 in 2014. He currently serves as chair of the House Judiciary Committee and is in line to become Speaker in 2021.

He’s raised more than $119,000 in his race to win reelection this year, with more than $100,000 still available for him to spend.

Toth was not immediately available for comment.

HD 65 includes Clearwater, Dunedin, and Tarpon Springs in northern Pinellas County.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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