FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 11, 2012
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ST. PETERSBURG - Trial attorney and small business owner Dwight Dudley qualified to stand for election to the Florida House of Representatives District 68 on Friday. Dudley, the Democratic nominee, filed paperwork with the Florida Division of Elections and will face the winner of a Republican primary held in August. He qualified for the ballot by collecting over 1,200 petition signatures in just 8 days, well more than the 518 signatures necessary.
"Floridians know that Rick Scott and the GOP legislature's extremism is failing them," said Dudley, a 53-year resident of St. Petersburg. "We can't expect to bring good-paying, high-quality jobs to Florida if we keep slashing public education, keep failing to invest in infrastructure and transportation, and keep stifling development of tomorrow's American-made energy sources. Hard-working families in Pinellas County can't climb the ladder if Republicans in Tallahassee keep kicking it out from under them. It's time that Pinellas families are put first, and that's why I'm running for the Florida House - because we need someone to fight for good schools, good jobs and a fair shake."
Dwight Dudley was raised in St. Petersburg since age 5 and attended St. Pete High School, the Florida State University and its College of Law. The son of a carpenter and one of 9 brothers and sisters, he served as an Assistant Public Defender from 1988 to 1996 and has been in private practice since then. He and his wife Mary Rachel live in the Euclid St. Paul neighborhood with their three children, Devin, Mady and Quinn.