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Recently, the Hillsborough County Democratic Party was embarrassed after GOP state Representative in District 56 Trey Traviesa dropped out of his race for re-election. In the equivalent of a smoke filled room, Hillsborough Republicans selected little known 26-year-old Rachel Burgin, a former assistant to Traviesa, to run in Traviesa's place.
Hillsborough Democrats were embarrassed because it looked like a ripe opportunity for them to perhaps to snatch a solidly Republican seat. But the Democrats had already a qualified a little known candidate named Lewis Larricha, and so it appears the seat likely will stay with the GOP.
However, the Democrats are fielding a candidate in District 57, which includes much of South Tampa against Republican Faye Culp. Itâ€™s Democratic Party activist Yvonne Yolie Capin. WMNF met up with Capin last month, and talked about her candidacy.
WMNF plans on speaking with Republican Faye Culp about this race on a future newscast.