SaintPetersblog: Betty Reed now says she regrets endorsing Ed Narain in 2014


Betty Reed says Ed Narain told her late last year that he would never run against her in the Senate District 19 race. Narain says it wasn’t like that. Even though it’s been nearly four months since Narain stunned some local observers and excited others by announcing he would be leaving his House District 61 seat to challenge Reed in the Democratic primary for the …

Tampa Bay Times: State Senate race divides Hillsborough, Pinellas


A Hillsborough versus Pinellas battle is brewing in the primary for a state Senate seat representing minority neighborhoods in both counties, with prominent Democrats on either side of the bay lining up with their hometown candidates… View original article.  

Tampa Bay Times: Florida Senate candidates address minimum wage at St. Petersburg Candidate Forum


Three of the area’s best-known black lawmakers aimed to draw distinctions between themselves during a candidate forum Saturday as they vie to fill Arthenia Joyner’s state Senate District 19 seat. The race is poised to be a heated Democratic primary that pits three prominent state representatives against each other: Rep. Ed Narain, a first-term House member from Tampa; Betty Reed, …

SPG: Campaigns for Florida Senate’s eight term-limited seats shift into gear


In the other districts, Democrats look to be setting up some primary battles of there own. St. Petersburg state Rep. Darryl Rouson and former Tampa state Rep. Betty Reed have filed to take over for state Sen. Arthenia Joyner in District 19. The candidates represent two ends of the party’s spectrum, with Reed operating as a more traditional Democrat compared to …