Twice Tom Anderson has faced Kevin Jensen in the race for State House of Representatives District 45. Twice he has won.
The former mayor of Dunedin defeated Jensen on Tuesday, taking about 60 percent of the vote, and will return to Tallahassee for a second term.
"I won this because of my record, the bills I got passed in the past two years," Anderson said. "I'm very proud neither me nor Kevin Jensen engaged in negative advertising. We stuck to the issues."
Anderson, 72, said he plans to sponsor legislation that will allow the purchase of prescription drugs from Canada on a competitive basis in the United States and legislation that will afford grandparents more rights in child welfare cases.
The Republican, who raised far more money than his Democratic challenger, also said he intends to introduce a bill to place defibrillators in state parks.
Education played prominently in Jensen's campaign. An adjunct teacher at St. Petersburg College, he said he wanted to protect the Bright Futures scholarship program from funding cuts and said he would be an advocate for better teacher salaries. Jensen of Clearwater could not be reached Tuesday night.
District 45 stretches from Dunedin up the coastal areas of north Pinellas and into Pasco, covering most of Holiday and the eastern unincorporated areas of New Port Richey.