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Daphne Campbell, Chris Latvala draw new opponents

Two Republicans have opened campaign accounts to try to unseat state Sen. Daphne Campbell, a Miami Democrat, while Rep. Chris Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, has picked up a second Democratic challenger.

North Bay Village Republican Allen Markelson and Miami Beach Republican Alexia Van Orden opened accounts Wednesday to run in Miami-Dade County’s Senate District 38, according to the state Division of Elections website.

The winner of the Republican primary will square off in November with Campbell or her Democratic primary challenger, Jason Pizzo, who formally qualified for the race Tuesday.

Campbell had raised $92,389 for her re-election bid as of May 31, while Pizzo had raised $93,366 and loaned $100,000 to his campaign, finance reports show.

Meanwhile, Largo Democrat Dawn Douglas opened a campaign account Wednesday to try to unseat Latvala in Pinellas County’s House District 67. Douglas joined Clearwater Democrat Tom Ryan who entered the race this month and formally qualified Wednesday.

Latvala, who qualified Monday, had raised $104,425 for his campaign as of May 31, a finance report shows.

The election qualifying period started Monday and will end at noon Friday.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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