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Democratic candidates for the State Senate, District 23, Frank Cirillo (left) and Frank Alcock (right) began the discussions by stating their reasons for running. Alcock said he believes the District 23 seat it is the most important in the region.

Candidates clash at primary primer

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Democratic candidates for the State Senate, District 23, Frank Cirillo (left) and Frank Alcock (right) began the discussions by stating their reasons for running. Alcock said he believes the District 23 seat it is the most important in the region.

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Democratic candidate for the State Senate, District 23, Frank Cirillo said he is concerned with the rate at which Florida is losing its young people. "It's important we have someone who wants to fight for Florida's future," Cirillo said.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Democratic candidate for the State Senate, District 23, Frank Cirillo said he is concerned with the rate at which Florida is losing its young people. "It's important we have someone who wants to fight for Florida's future," Cirillo said.

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Irene Popyk (left) and Joan Combes (right) search for Republican candidate for the House of Representatives Joe Gruters campaign information between panels.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Irene Popyk (left) and Joan Combes (right) search for Republican candidate for the House of Representatives Joe Gruters campaign information between panels.

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Republican candidate for the State Senate Nora Patterson takes notes during the preceding panels. Patterson participated in the final panel along with her opponents Rick Levine, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Republican candidate for the State Senate Nora Patterson takes notes during the preceding panels. Patterson participated in the final panel along with her opponents Rick Levine, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube.

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Many in attendance brought sample ballots to the panel to take notes during discussions in preparation for the August 30 primary.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Many in attendance brought sample ballots to the panel to take notes during discussions in preparation for the August 30 primary.

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Publisher of Observer Media Group Inc. asked State House Republican candidates, District 73, John Hill (far left) and Alex Miller (middle) about their stances on medical marijuana, educational funding and tax breaks on solar products.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Publisher of Observer Media Group Inc. asked State House Republican candidates, District 73, John Hill (far left) and Alex Miller (middle) about their stances on medical marijuana, educational funding and tax breaks on solar products.

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Tensions between Republican candidates for the House of Representatives, District 73, Joe Gruters and Steve Vernon, came to a head when Gruters accused Vernon of accepting money from large corporations to finance a mailer advertisement.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Tensions between Republican candidates for the House of Representatives, District 73, Joe Gruters and Steve Vernon, came to a head when Gruters accused Vernon of accepting money from large corporations to finance a mailer advertisement.

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Luigi Costello laughs while Republican candidates for the House of Representatives, District 73, Joe Gruters and Steve Vernon, argue about the origins of a mailer advertisement distributed last week. Vernon said he had never seen the mailer before.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Luigi Costello laughs while Republican candidates for the House of Representatives, District 73, Joe Gruters and Steve Vernon, argue about the origins of a mailer advertisement distributed last week. Vernon said he had never seen the mailer before.

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(From left to right) Republican candidates for the State Senate, District 23, Rick Levine, Nora Patterson, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube wait for Publisher of Observer Media Group Inc. Emily Walsh to begin the panel.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

(From left to right) Republican candidates for the State Senate, District 23, Rick Levine, Nora Patterson, Ray Pilon and Greg Steube wait for Publisher of Observer Media Group Inc. Emily Walsh to begin the panel.

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Debbie Steube, mother of Republican candidate for the State Senate, District 23, wears one of her son's campaign t-shirts while participating in the panel.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Debbie Steube, mother of Republican candidate for the State Senate, District 23, wears one of her son's campaign t-shirts while participating in the panel.

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Nora Patterson cited her diverse career history, combined with her experience on both the city of Sarasota Commission and the Sarasota Commission as credentials for the position of State Senator.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 |

Nora Patterson cited her diverse career history, combined with her experience on both the city of Sarasota Commission and the Sarasota Commission as credentials for the position of State Senator.

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