The battle of unflattering political postcards persists in the Republican primary for Florida House District 39. In public appearances, both young candidates come off as poised peddlers of their conservative credentials. But mailers last month portrayed one candidate as an immature partier who lives outside the district. A new set of mailers depicts the other candidate, a former prosecutor, as a Hillary-loving liberal who’s soft on crime.
Until recently, the campaign for the Republican nomination to succeed Neil Combee in the Florida House of Representatives seemed a battle between two young women trying to outdo each other’s conservative credentials. It just turned personal with a mailer (image) from Jennifer Spath questioning Josie Tomkow‘s youth, temperament and residency.
The Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press published financial disclosure statements from state legislators nationwide as part of a project examining potential conflicts of interest. You can see Florida legislator disclosures here or scroll down to view the forms filed by those representing Lakeland.
Spath, a 34-year-old former prosecutor who lives in Bartow, is the second candidate to announce she’s running in the special election being held to fill the Florida House 39 seat being vacated by Neil Combee. The other candidate, 22-year-old Josie Tomkow of Lakeland, issued a news release this week (article) saying her campaign raised $50,000 last month.
Lakeland votes again Tuesday. This time there’s only one item on the ballot: a City Commission race. One contestant says he brings a needed small-business owner’s perspective to City Hall. The other says he offers management and budget experience he gained as president of several colleges.