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Dean overpowers Franks in Senate Dist. 3

Former Citrus County Sheriff and State Rep. Charlie Dean overpowered Democratic newcomer Suzan Franks in the District 3 race on Tuesday and claimed the seat held by former Sen. Nancy Argenziano.

GOP chairman Jim Greer said the victory “in a district in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans—clearly debunks Democrats’ recent claims that they are mobilizing support among Florida voters.” 

Dean said: “I am humbled that the voters in District Three trust me to serve as their voice in the Senate, and I will continue to fight for lower taxes, safer communities, and stronger families. I plan to hit the ground running and I look forward to representing the families and businesses of Senate District Three in Tallahassee.” 

Republican Ron Schultz, a former property appraiser in Citrus and Pineallas counites, was elected to replace Dean.