Boyd wins reelection as District 71 state rep

jsalman@bradenton.comNovember 7, 2012 

MANATEE -- Republican Jim Boyd has secured another two trips to Tallahassee to represent Bradenton's District 71 in the Florida House.

The GOP incumbent, popular with area business owners, trumped his Democrat challenger Adam Tebrugge in the general election Tuesday -- earning 57 percent of the votes in Manatee County and a comfortable lead districtwide.

Coming off his first term in the GOP-controlled House, Boyd will now have another two years in what he hopes could ultimately translate into a leadership position there.

"As I said two years ago, I couldn't have done this without my family, their support and their help," Boyd told an energized crowd at Pier 22 in downtown Bradenton when the results were final late Tuesday.

"This means a lot to us as a family, but it also means a lot to Florida, and our district. We will continue to work hard."

Boyd has filed bills targeting violent felons, Florida's insurance industry and a measure to streamline the clerk of court docket system.

He still remains concerned about Citizens Property Insurance Corp., an entity many experts believe has ballooned dangerously large, but he vows to not make it his only focus moving forward.

Boyd, who owns local insurance and real estate companies, said his opponent campaigned solely on attacks rather than what he could bring to the table. The results showed.

"We just have to continue to do what's right for our community and Florida," Boyd said.

During the campaign, Boyd leveraged his business connections to secure a lofty fundraising lead, earning a total of $253,132 for his reelection. Tebrugge raised $48,773, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Tebrugge, a local criminal defense attorney, finished in Manatee County with 24,734 votes, or about 43 percent of the county's total.

He had criticized Boyd throughout the campaign for being an "advocate of the insurance industry."

"I hope he takes that criticism to heart," Tebrugge said Tuesday. "I did the best I could. I have no regrets with the race I ran."

Josh Salman, Herald business writer, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@JoshSalman

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