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Bill Foster endorses Anna Paulina Luna in crowded CD 13 primary

Luna is one of five Republicans hoping to challenge Charlie Crist in November.

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster is endorsing Anna Paulina Luna for Congress, her campaign announced Thursday.

“Anna Paulina Luna is a passionate and persuasive voice for change,” Foster said.  “She will be a champion for Pinellas County and is the best choice for Republicans ready to take back the House and send a principled advocate to Washington. I am proud to give her my full support.”

Luna is running for Florida’s 13th Congressional District in a crowded Republican primary. The winner will take on incumbent Democrat Charlie Crist in November.

“I am grateful to have Mayor Foster’s endorsement,” Luna said.  “He is a proven public servant who cares deeply about the people of Pinellas County. To have his faith and support is my honor.”

Foster served one term as Mayor before losing a contentious reelection bid to current Mayor Rick Kriseman in 2013.

Luna faces four challengers in the GOP primary including Amanda Makki, George Buck, Sheila Griffin and Sharon Newby. Two other candidates, Nicolas Sacramento and Matt Becker, left the race before last Friday’s qualifying deadline.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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