Sarasota and Bradenton area pols served in House together.
Prospective Senate Presidents also back the Bradenton Republican.
It's about sustainability.
"My friend Jim will be a great senator."
Nearly 90 percent of her money comes from outside HD 72.
Former House member enters race as clear frontrunner.
Republican majority leader says shared values led to his choice.
She sought late husband Larry's seat on board.
Range of fundraising activities were reported in July.
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