It’s been years since there’s been a contentious Democratic primary for the U.S. House District 15 seat that’s been held by Republicans since the mid-1980s, notes. Sparring between contenders Kristen Carlson of Lakeland and Andrew Learned of Valrico shows this year will be different, political reporter Bill Rufty says.


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