Tallahassee Democrat

November 3, 2010 by staff 

Tallahassee Democrat, TALLAHASSEE – Democrat Bill Montford took an early lead in the race for State Senate District 6, a benefit that could be maintained throughout the night.

Montford received 70,995 votes to Republican John Shaw 31,855. Montford took 67 percent of the votes cast in the district that covers a large area of the Panhandle, including parts of Bay County. The new Senator is a lifelong educator who currently serves as executive director of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

“I am convinced that we had a very good campaign structure and people saw my experience as a county commissioner and superintendent last past,” said Montford.

Montord said he has been involved in District 6 through civic organizations and through their previous positions. Marianna born and raised in Blountstown, Jenks was an intern at the Middle School and his wife admitted to Cherry Street Elementary School.

Four candidates have been campaigning to replace Sen. Al Lawson, who made an unsuccessful attempt in the U.S. House District 2 race, and can not run for the seat in the State Senate because of term limits.

John Shaw, the team owner John Shaw, won 30 percent of the vote, while neither party candidate David Abrams received 3 percent.

“I gave my best effort,” said Shaw. “I did the best I can to spread the word about my campaign.”

Shaw ran in 2008 as an independent for the House District 9, received 3 percent of the vote. He said he believed his house and Senate races as a great campaign and has at least one more race in him.

“This was a very interesting choice,” said Shaw. “My opponent raised more money, but not so much the money as party affiliations. Ninety percent of people say they like what I heard in my campaign. I just had to get the word out more to constituents and that it would a great victory. ”

David Abrams ran without party affiliation. Tallahassee resident, a lawyer in private practice who specializes in consumer rights, took 3 percent of the vote.

Arencibia Harrison, a broker with Florida First Capital Realty, was a candidate in writing. We conducted a campaign to promote himself as a fiscal conservative, kind of tea party of the candidate.

Senate District 6 includes Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, freedom, Gadsden, Franklin, Wakulla and parts of Bay, Leon, Jefferson and Madison counties. Approximately 400,000 voters live in Senate District 6, according to the 2000 census.

The majority of Bay County voters is in Senate District 4. The new edition is for Don Gaetz of Niceville is running unopposed for the seat.

Senate District 2

In the state Senate District 2 race, Greg Evers collected at least 75 percent in each county in District 2 to win the state Senate race, beating Tea Party candidate Christopher S. Crawford by a vote of 72,854 to 18,803.

“I am deeply humbled. I am honored to represent the people in Senate District 2 having faith in me I’ll go to Tallahassee and fight for them as I have in the … nine years he served in the House” Evers said Tuesday night. “It is an honor to have placed in me, especially with the overwhelming vote.”

District 2 includes all of Holmes and Washington counties and parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton.

The seat was previously held by Durrell Peaden Jr., who had to leave office because of term limits.

Evers, of Baker, said the Senate will work with three times the work and responsibility of his term as state representative.

In a press release issued Thursday night, ensuring the fulfillment of campaign promises and bring local issues to the Capitol. First on his list was the issue of septic tanks. Evers also said the Senate will work together in the state’s economy.

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