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GOP House Candidates Play Up Conservatism in Jacksonville Race

July 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
With six weeks to go until the primary, the two Republicans battling for the Florida House seat currently held by Rep. Dan Davis, R-Jacksonville, are stressing their conservatism as they ramp up their outreach efforts. After two terms, Davis is leaving the House due to his position in charge of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

Veteran and attorney Paul Renner, engaged in a competitive Republican primary against banker Jay Fant to replace Davis in the House, released his first television commercial on Tuesday. The ad stresses Renners conservative credentials, calling him a genuine conservative and noting his support of the Second Amendment and opposition to abortion.

The new ad focuses on Renners background and how it will shape his actions if he is elected. Like the oath I took in the military, I will protect and defend our Constitution, Renner says in the ad.

The new spot also showcases Renners positions on the issues. Ill cut taxes, fight Obamacare and let families choose the best education for their kids, Renner says in the ad.

Fant is running with a similar theme in radio ads he is running on the First Coast praising him as the true conservative in the race and a new conservative voice. A radio spot released by the Fant campaign earlier this month showcased his business background and his conservative positions.

Im a firm believer in limited government, Fant says during the radio ad. Im pro-life, Im pro-family.

In the radio spot, the Fant team highlights their candidates support of the Second Amendment and opposition to President Barack Obamas health-care law.

Fant released a television commercial of his own last month which stresses his conservatism. While he ignores Renner in his TV ad, Fant slams Washington liberals for taking the nation in the wrong direction.

The seat, which represents the Westside of Jacksonville, ranks as one of the most Republican in Florida. Whoever wins the Republican primary will face two write-in candidates come November as no Democrats sought the seat.

As of July 4, Fant had raised almost $206,500, relied on $199,050 of his own money and spent more than $258,600. By that date, Renner had brought in almost $224,500 and spent more than $47,300.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

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