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MaryLynn Magar posts nearly $18K in April for HD 82 re-election

State Rep. MaryLynn Magar took nearly $18,000 in April to help hold her House District 82 seat. That leaves her campaign with just over $95,000 on hand.

The Tequesta Republican is facing a primary challenge August 28 from Judson Epperly.

No Democrats have officially filed to run yet in HD 82, a heavily Republican district covering most of Martin with a slice of Palm Beach counties.

Magar’s fundraising news comes just a day after she announced she would not pursue a run for the Florida Senate. Magar was rumored to enter the race to replace departing state Sen. Joe Negron in Senate District 25.

However, in a statement, Magar said, “Serving the residents of District 82 in the Florida House has been the honor of a lifetime for me, and I want to conclude my service there with a strong finish.” She continued, “There is more work to be done, and I believe my experience and good working relationship with incoming Speaker Oliva put me in an exceptional position to continue reaching our goals of a stronger economy, more jobs, increased public safety, and protections for our precious natural resources. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the House leadership team to keep Florida on the path to continued prosperity.”

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Her decision to remain in the House leaves state Rep. Gayle Harrell and Keiser University Vice-Chancellor Belinda Keiser competing for the SD 25 Republican nod.

Magar should be a heavy favorite to hold on to her HD 82 seat. She won her most recent re-election in 2016 by more than 25 percentage points. With no Democrats in the field, Epperly’s primary push is her only roadblock to holding onto her seat. Epperly currently has $23 available in his campaign, compared to Magar’s $95,000.

Her 2018 run will be the fourth and final time Magar could try for re-election. After, she is term-limited.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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