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Election 2004

District 43: Incumbent Dean holds on to top political novice, retains House seat

By AMY WIMMER SCHWARB
Published November 3, 2004

Precinct-by-precinct

THE PRESIDENCY
This time, key to presidency lies with Ohio

THE SENATE
Martinez lead at just under 1 percent

THE STATE
Five judges on way to easily keeping seats
Justices' jobs appear safe, judging by early returns
Voters call it a draw in doctor-lawyer battle
Senate lead at just under 1 percent
Cantero, Bell easily hang onto seats

TAMPA BAY
Coats easily beats former shock jock
Lines pose biggest problem for voters
Local roots, support boost Burke's victory
Pinellas Suncoast race close; fee hike fails
Voters approve higher tax to help Pinellas teachers, schools
Biggest voting gripe: long lines

PASCO
Pasco pulls off smooth election
Kurt Browning bests Bergy
Fiorentino secures job after tough quest
Incumbent Hildebrand sails to sixth term
Jack Mariano upsets Peter Altman

HERNANDO
Voters pack polls with vigor
Fagan leads decisively, vows to seek consensus
Nugent 'thrilled' as he heads to easy win
Precincts experience only minor problems
Pugh cruises in 1 race; recount likely in other
In Hernando: experience, Democrats

CITRUS
Fervor, dignity meet at polls
Spivey charges past Takac for seat on bench
2 incumbents win, another defeated by former chief

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Charles Dean easily won a second term in the state House of Representatives, defeating a challenger who campaigned on the idea of reversing the way business is done in Tallahassee.

Dean, a Republican from Inverness, collected 19 times more money than his opponent, Democrat Mike Jarrett of Dunnellon. Much of Dean's money came from the industry lobbyists that Jarrett criticized.

Dean represents District 43, which covers all of Citrus County and portions of Hernando and Marion counties. He said Jarrett's message didn't resonate with voters.

"Mike was a nice guy who got in this race because somebody needed to run against Charlie Dean, and so he ran against me," Dean said Tuesday night. "I think you've got to have a lot more in-depth program of why you want to run and what you want to do, other than to be somebody's opponent."

Dean, a cattle rancher and former longtime sheriff of Citrus County, said the Legislature's first priority should be to help Floridians get back on their feet following the slew of hurricanes.

Jarrett used his campaign to pan the state political system. He said Dean was too quick to follow the Republican House leadership, and criticized Dean for not standing up to powerful lobbyists.

[Last modified November 3, 2004, 00:54:11]


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