FL-13: Candidates to replace late Rep. Bill Young debate in Clearwater

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From left: Alex Sink, Lucas Overby and David Jolly hold a public debate forum in Clearwater.
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Clearwater, Florida -- Given the tone of their political advertisements, Tuesday's debate between the candidates for Florida House District 13 was downright civil.

The candidates running for the Congressional seat formerly held by CW Bill Young are Democrat Alex Sink, Republican David Jolly, and Libertarian Lucas Overby. They sat side-by-side on the stage of the Capitol Theater in Clearwater.

There were some occasional jabs, but for the most part, the question and answer format allowed for only limited debate. 

Still, each candidate was able to give his or her answers on a wide variety of topics, including military spending, tax reform, gun control, climate change, immigration and flood insurance. 

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But since this event was sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, many of the candidates' answers were carefully tailored to the small business community in attendance.

Jolly called the race personal, painting himself as an insider here in the district. Alex Sink, called Jolly a Washington insider, and said she has the longest standing ties to Florida and the issues that affect this community. 

Lucas Overby said neither of his opponents are really from here. And that, he says, is the problem. The Libertarian cited the number 150,000 as the number of former voters who said they were no longer interested in politics in this area, because they felt no connection to the political process, or feel it simply doesn't matter.

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