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In battleground HD 69, Kathleen Peters, Jennifer Webb to debate

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The first debate between the candidates for state House District 69 is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Community Room 101 at the library on the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, 6700 Eighth Ave. N.

Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters is facing a challenge from Democrat Jennifer Webb.

Kathleen Peters
Kathleen Peters

Peters was formerly mayor of South Pasadena and has served in the Florida House since 2012. She serves on the Economic Affairs Committee, Justice Appropriations, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Transportation and Ports Subcommittee, and as vice chair of the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee.

Webb, director of community engagement at the University of South Florida, is making her first run for public office. Webb says she’s running to represent the interests of working-class families, to champion economic growth that is equitable and fair, to fund quality public education, and to promote environmental policies that will protect the county’s greatest assets.

Webb also has scheduled her first fundraiser for 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at Pia’s Trattoria, 3054 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport.

Thus far, Webb is trailing Peters in fundraising.

Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb

As of the latest campaign report, Webb has raised a total of $88,980.46 in cash and $14,711.90 in kind. She’s spent $35,392.99.

Peters has raised $230,243.66 in cash and received $32,956.02 in kind. Most of the in-kind donations — $31,416 — have come from the Republican Party of Florida. Of that, $20,166 was for polling; $11,250, for staff. Peters has spent about $94,488.52 so far on the campaign.

HD 69 covers Gulfport, South Pasadena, and the beach communities from St. Pete Beach to the Redingtons. The election is Nov. 8.

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