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District 44: Well-financed incumbent Russell coasts past Hughes

The representatives from Brooksville says he will "continue on course for the next two years."

Published November 3, 2004

Incumbent David Russell appeared to be headed to a comfortable victory over Democratic challenger Jim Hughes in the District 44 House race.

Russell, a Republican from Brooksville, said the results showed that voters have been satisfied with his performance during his six years in the Legislature.

"I will continue on course for the next two years, until term limits take me out of the process," Russell said.

Russell touted his record in Tallahassee during the campaign, especially his bill this year that tied future development to the availability of water and his work as chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Hughes strongly denounced his opponent as being controlled by special interests. That was confirmed, Hughes said, by the fact that many industry groups contributed to Russell's campaign.

Russell easily raised more money than Hughes, whose campaign was largely self-financed. Hughes' campaign was hurt by revelations that his wife had accused him of domestic violence and that he had been convicted of passing bad checks.

He said Tuesday evening that he plans to run again for the seat in 2006.

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