Tampa Bay legislative candidates talk Jan. 6, election security

Tampa Bay legislative candidates felt the partisan tension among bipartisan talk Friday afternoon as they discussed the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Florida’s new election crimes office and the fate of Hillsborough County’s transportation sales tax.

The candidates, who were hosted by the Tampa Bay Tiger Bay Club, included those running for House District 62, 65 and 69, as well as Senate District 14.

The three Democratic candidates for HD 62 — incumbent Rep. Michele Rayner, former Rep. Wengay Newton and lawyer Jesse Philippe — started the forum off, confronted with questions of the new restrictive election security law, hailed as a

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