Chris Latvala keeps HD 67 seat

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The Republican incumbent will keep his seat following a difficult campaign season health-wise.

Republican incumbent Chris Latvala will keep his seat in House District 67 after a difficult campaign season health-wise.

Latvala took the race easily, earning 57.01% of the votes from the Pinellas County district. His Democratic opponent, Dawn Douglas, mustered 42.99% of the vote.

In a statement on his win posted to the incumbent’s Facebook page, Latvala said, ” To the Constituents of House District 67 – Thank you for electing me as your State Representative once again. I will work hard my final 2 years in the House to make you proud.”
The two candidates went head-to-head once before in 2018 when Latvala won with 54% of the vote to Douglas’ 46% — a margin of about 4,900 votes.

The district is an even split between parties, with Republicans outnumbering Democrats by just a couple of hundred voters.

As of Oct. 6, District 67 reported 110,732 registered voters, 38,318 are Republicans and 37,780 are Democrats. Of the remaining voters, 1,765 are registered with a third party, and 32,869 have no party affiliation.

Latvala’s campaign season leading up to the General Election proved challenging health-wise for the incumbent after he contracted COVID-19. The Republican spent several days in the hospital battling the virus during critical campaigning periods.

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Latvala was first admitted to the hospital Aug. 29, and stayed until Sept. 1. Then, Latvala returned Sept. 4 and remained until Sept. 13.

He has now recovered from what he called “the hardest thing I have ever faced in my life.”

The incumbent managed to report some of his highest campaign fundraising numbers while battling COVID-19, showing he had a strong network of support to help him through this reelection campaign. Latvala brought in $44,650 during the period covering his September hospital stay.

Latvala dominated the race in fundraising, bringing in $353,460. The incumbent had significant party support, with the Florida GOP donating $50,000 to his campaign since its start, including a $40K boost while Latvala was recovering from his hospital stay.

Douglas, on the other hand, trailed Latvala throughout the race, only raising $13,676. The Democrat also added $2,500 in self-funding.

HD 67 covers parts of mid- and north-Pinellas County, including Largo.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]



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