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Mary Thomas brings congressional campaign to Tampa with GOP fundraiser on Tuesday

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North Florida congressional candidate Mary Thomas brings her campaign to Tampa on Tuesday with a fundraiser hosted by several high-profile Bay Area Republicans.

The $500-per-person event will be September 29 at the home of Dr. Rahul Mehra in Tampa’s Bayshore Beautiful neighborhood.

Thomas is a Tallahassee attorney who had worked in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott and served as general counsel for the Department of Elder Affairs. She now seeks Florida’s 2nd Congressional District seat now held by Democrat Gwen Graham, and if elected would be the first Indian-American woman ever to serve in Congress.

Before that, though, Thomas must face Panama City urologist Neal Dunn in the Republican primary.

Leading the event are a number prominent doctors from across Florida; Thomas’ parents are both physicians in Pinellas County.

In addition to doctors, several prominent Republicans will also serve as event hosts – many are active Scott supporters — including financier Thomas Cassedy, former Hillsborough County GOP Chair Deborah Cox-Roush, retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chip Diehl, attorney Arthur Fisher, and Hillsborough Tax Collector Doug Belden, among others.

Tuesday’s event begins at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner to follow. The location is 2918 W. Harbor View Ave. in Tampa. RSVP at

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