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District 51: Waters enjoys lopsided win

Published November 3, 2004

SEMINOLE - Rep. Leslie Waters won a landslide victory over two opponents for state House District 51.

Waters, a Republican who has held the seat since 1998, held off Democrat Mike Smith and no-party candidate Matt Sullivan. This will be Waters' last term in the state House because of term limits.

"It is rewarding to know that the citizens of House (District) 51 trust me to continue to represent them in Tallahassee for the next two years," Waters said. "These next two years look to be the best yet."

One priority, Waters said, is rebuilding hurricane-devastated Florida. Another priority is reforming the way state constitutional amendments are brought forward.

Economic development is another big issue, she said. Companies with high-paying jobs need to be brought to Florida.

"It's all about paychecks," Waters said.

But No. 1, she said, is homeland security, including strengthening the National Guard and Florida Highway Patrol as well as port security.

Waters' victory was no surprise. She focused on the money she has brought to her district.

That funding includes $3.8-million for drainage repairs to Park Boulevard and 49th Street N, a hurricane evacuation route.

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