Florida House District 34 Republican primary won by Robbie Brackett

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Vero Beach Mayor Robbie Brackett defeated Sebastian resident Karen Hiltz in the GOP primary, continuing her bid to represent a southern slice of Brevard County in the new Florida House District 34.

Now Brackett will move on to a November general election showdown against Sebastian’s Democrat Karen Greb.

House District 34 encompasses all of Indian River County. The Brevard communities of Barefoot Bay and Micco are included in this new neighborhood, which extends from the east side of Babcock Street and generally stretches from Valkaria Airport to the San Sebastian River.

Florida Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, today represents that area within House District 53.

Among Brevard voters, Brackett won 52.63% of the Republican primary ballots (1,241 votes) in the Republican primary, according to unofficial results with seven of seven precincts reported.

Hiltz, a Sebastian resident and former Rocky Mount, Virginia school board member, won 47.37% of Brevard’s vote (1,117 votes).

Brackett had a large lead in Indian River County. He received 60.31% of the vote with 34 of 34 constituencies reported, beating Hiltz’s 39.69%.

Brackett won 13,089 votes in Indian River County, compared to 8,614 votes for Hiltz. Messages seeking comment were left for Brackett.

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“I think we had a good race,” said Hiltz. “And I think we did very well. We just didn’t do enough.

“I wish Mr. Brackett good luck. And it was a good race,” said Hiltz.

Brackett enjoys a large fundraising lead in the House District 34 race. As of August 18, he had declared $161,250 in contributions, $7,612 in in-kind donations and $5,000 in loans from him, according to state electoral records. He had spent $164,465 by that date.

Hiltz has brought in $30,950 in contributions and $740 in in-kind donations as of August 18, and she has spent $57,468 on her campaign. She took out a $50,000 loan in February at the start of her campaign, and her husband, Chuck, added a $30,000 loan on July 5.

Karen Hiltz, Republican candidate for Florida House District 34.

In contrast, Greb, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, reported $250 in contributions, a $5,000 loan from herself in June and $2,266 in expenses as of Aug. 18.

Rick Neale is the South Brevard Watchdog reporter at FLORIDA TODAY (for more of his stories, click here.) Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or [email protected]. Twitter: @RickNeale1

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