Leon races decided by money and branding

November 8, 2012 / Tallahassee Democrat

Sky-high name recognition, party affiliation, a fundraising edge and broad community support from past public service helped propel former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox back into office.

Maddox clinched the Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1 race Tuesday in a blowout against businessman Steve Stewart, winning 62 percent of the vote. Political observers say that while the race was nonpartisan, Maddox, a Democrat who served 10 years on the commission before running for statewide office, benefited from the fact that roughly two-thirds of city voters are registered Democrats.

Bean tops Soderberg in state Senate race

November 7, 2012 / WJXT-TV News 4, Jacksonville

Republican state Senate candidate Aaron Bean defeated Democratic challenger Nancy Soderberg in a battle for District 4.

Bean received 62 percent of the vote.

“I cannot thank the voters enough for all the support they have shown for our campaign for Senate District 4,” Bean said. “Since Day One, I have campaigned on creating jobs, providing more choices for parents in their children’s education and bringing a marketplace of affordable health care to all Floridians; and now, I have the privilege and opportunity to deliver on these principles for our First Coast region.”

Thanks for your votes

November 7, 2012 / Gainesville Sun

Throughout my campaign, I was touched and humbled by the outpouring of support I received from the voters of Senate District 7.

Our message of fighting for a stronger economy, creating a world-class education system — both at the K-12 and collegiate level — and ensuring that our government is more responsive and actually serves Floridians, truly resonated within our community. I pledge to you that these were not just words on the campaign trail, these will be the guiding principles I take with me to Tallahassee to represent the hard-working people of Alachua, Bradford and Clay Counties.

Bradley wins Florida Senate District 7 seat

November 6, 2012 / WUFT-FM, Gainesville

Rob Bradley has won the seat for Florida Senate District 7 with 122, 119 votes, according to Florida Election Watch. Bradley won Clay and Bradford counties. His opponent, William Mazzota, won Alachua county. Mazzota had 88,631 votes total in all 3 district 7 counties.

Aaron Bean triumphs in Senate District 4

November 6, 2012 / SaintPetersblog

After a long, hard-fought campaign, Republican Aaron Bean, a small business owner and former Florida State Representative, tonight triumphed in the election for the newly-drawn Florida Senate District 4 seat, which includes Duval and Nassau Counties

Bean won nearly 74 percent of the vote in the Nassau County portion of SD 4 and had captured nearly 60 percent in Duval County, with almost all precincts reporting, according to the counties’ elections websites.

John Thrasher wins re-election to Senate District 6

November 6, 2012 / SaintPetersblog

Senator John Thrasher tonight was victorious in the race for the newly-drawn Florida Senate District 6 seat, which includes all of St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam Counties, as well as Northern Volusia County.

“I thank the voters of Senate District 6 who turned out in support of our mission to grow our job base, advance our schools, reduce government spending and not raise taxes on hardworking Floridians,” said Thrasher. “I am excited to have the opportunity to be the trusted, conservative voice that Northeast Floridians can count on in the Florida Senate to better our local community and great state.”

Hutson wins tight House race

November 6, 2012 / St. Augustine Record

Political newcomer and local businessman Travis Hutson was the victor in a tight race for State House District 24 against former Flagler County Commissioner Milissa Holland.

“I’m still very optimistic about the numbers even though it’s not final,” Hutson said Tuesday night. “We’ll see what happens.”

Republican Aaron Bean wins District 4 State Senate seat

November 6, 2012 / First Coast News

Republican Aaron Bean won the newly-drawn Florida Senate District 4 seat Tuesday night.

“I cannot thank the voters enough for all the support they have shown for our campaign for Senate District 4,” said Bean.

Bean defeated Democrat Nancy Soderberg, a former ambassador to the United Nations, to represent Duval and Nassau Counties.

Rob Bradley claims victory in Senate District 7 race

November 6, 2012 / SaintPetersblog

Republican Rob Bradley tonight claimed victory in his race for the newly-drawn Florida Senate District 7 seat, which includes Alachua, Bradford and Clay Counties.

“Across the district, I have been hearing from folks who want leaders who will represent their families and fight for a future with a strong economy, a world-class education system and a more responsive government that works for the people,” said Bradley. “Tonight, I am thankful for all of the voters who came out in support of our common goal, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be your voice in Tallahassee. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and focus on promoting a vibrant and growing economy.”

Thrasher cruises to victory

November 6, 2012 / St. Augustine Record

Incumbent State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, celebrated a lopsided victory Tuesday night in a race against Democratic opponent Kathleen Trued to keep his District 6 seat.

The outcome was rarely in doubt.