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Progressive veterans group endorses Andrew Learned in CD 15

VoteVets, an organization of military veterans who identify themselves as progressives, has endorsed Democrat Andrew Learned of Valrico for the open seat for Florida’s 15th Congressional District.

Founded in 2006, the VoteVets.org Political Action Committee defines its mission as electing veterans to public office, focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and “hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America’s 21st-century troops and veterans.”

Learned, has served nine years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including three Middle East deployments, and is currently a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve.

“Tampa has a chance to send a new generation of leadership, and true patriotic public servant, to the United States Congress, to stand up for Tampa’s working families,” Jerry Green, Florida Outreach Director for VoteVets, said in the group’s endorsement release.

CD 15 includes portions of Hillsborough, Polk and Lake counties.

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Former Ledger of Lakeland columnist Bill Rufty is Central Florida political correspondent for SaintPetersBlog and Florida Politics. Rufty had been with the Ledger from 1985-2015, where, as political editor, he covered a wide range of beats, including local and state politics, the Lakeland City Commission, and the Florida Legislature. Ledger editor Lenore Devore said about Rufty’s 30-year career: “[He is] a man full of knowledge, a polling expert and a war history buff … who has a steel trap in his brain, remembering details most of us have long since forgotten.”

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