Joe Gruters narrowly defeats Steve Vernon in HD 73 GOP race


Joe Gruters holds a narrow lead over Steve Vernon in the Republican race in House District 73.

Gruters has a slight lead, 10,342 to Vernon’s 9,958. That’s Gruters with a 50.95 percent support, and Vernon at 49.05 percent.

The winner will advance to the general election in November to face off against Democrat James Golden, who was unopposed in the primaries.

The seat is currently being held by Greg Stuebe, who is running for the state Senate District 23, made up of Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

Mitch Perry

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 [email protected].


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