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Port St. Lucie councilwoman endorses Toby Overdorf for HD 83

Palm City Republican Toby Overdorf picked up a new endorsement for his bid to succeed exiting Rep. Gayle Harrell in House District 83.

Overdorf’s campaign announced Thursday that Port St. Lucie Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan is backing the Treasure Coast business owner in his primary campaign against Sasha Dadan.

“Toby Overdorf is the clear choice for the Florida House. He has proven himself as a leader in our community, and I believe his experience, values, and vision are exactly what we need in Tallahassee. I urge all District 83 voters to join me in supporting him,” Morgan said.

Oberdorf was the first-in candidate for HD 83, entering the race in March 2017. In addition to founding consulting firm Crossroads Environmental, he is the current chair of the Martin County Republican Party.

“I am honored to have the support of Councilwoman Morgan,” said Overdorf. “Her leadership and experience bring a lot to the table, and I look forward to working with her to continue making our community one of the best places in the state to run a business and raise a family.”

Overdorf currently leads the money race for the Treasure Coast House district with about $69,250 raised and nearly $40,000 in the bank. Dadan filed last week and her first report, covering the 10 days she was a candidate in May, is due to the state on June 11.

Also running is Democrat Tiffany Lauren Parisi, who had $7,400 in the bank heading into May.

HD 83 covers parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties and has a Republican lean. In 2016, Harrell won re-election over Democratic challenger Crystal Lucas with 54 percent of the vote. She went unopposed in 2014 and faced no major-party challengers in 2012.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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