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Group opposing casinos in Fla. releases list of candidates taking its anti-gambling pledges


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The Orlando-based No Casinos in Florida group on Wednesday released the list of candidates running for the Florida Legislature who took their anti-gambling pledges.

The organization asked political hopefuls to “oppose any legislation to expand gambling in Florida and support legislation to place on the ballot a proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution that requires statewide voter authorization for any form of gambling to be legalized in Florida,” its website says.

From the organization, here’s the list of those who signed:

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Candidates who pledged to both oppose any legislation to expand gambling and to support legislation to place the Voter Control of Gambling Amendment on the ballot:

Edward DeAguileia, Candidate, Florida Senate District 12

Geraldine Thompson, Incumbent, Florida Senate District 12

Darren Soto, Incumbent, Florida Senate District 14

Lloyd French, Candidate, Florida Senate District 16

Bruno Moore, Candidate, Florida Senate District 32

Melissa Hagen, Candidate, Florida House District 6

Henry Lawrence III, Candidate, Florida House District 6

Paul Renner, Candidate, Florida House District 15

Bob Cortes, Candidate, Florida House District 30

Terri Seefeldt, Candidate, Florida House District 31

Ricky Shirah, Candidate, Florida House District 40

Franklin Shoemaker, Candidate, Florida House District 40

Ricardo Rangel, Incumbent, Florida House District 43

Mike Miller, Candidate, Florida House District 47

Maurice Pearson, Candidate, Florida House District 47

Linda Stewart, Incumbent, Florida House District 47

Debbie Mayfield, Incumbent, Florida House District 54

Ed Narain, Candidate, Florida House District 61

John Alvarez, Candidate, Florida House District 100

Benjamin Sorenson, Candidate, Florida House District 100

Benjamin Deyurre, Candidate, Florida House District 103

Daisy Baez, Candidate, Florida House District 114

Ross Hancock, Candidate, Florida House District 114

Noel Bickford, Candidate, Florida House District 25 (Added a note stating support for “decoupling” which would no longer require dog tracks to run races to continue operating other forms of gambling)

Beverly Ledbetter, Candidate, Florida House District 38 (Pledged opposition only to destination resort casinos, but not to oppose other expansions of gambling)

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Candidates who pledged to support legislation to place the Voter Control of Gambling Amendment on the ballot, but not to oppose legislation to expand gambling:

Derek Hankerson, Candidate, Florida Senate District 6

Gloria Robertson-Wiggins, Candidate, Florida House District 1

Phillip Brutus, Candidate, Florida House District 107

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Candidates who pledged to oppose any expansion of gambling, but not to support legislation for the Voter Control of Gambling Amendment:

Arnitta Grice-Walker, Candidate, Florida House District 9

Jennifer Sullivan, Candidate, Florida House District 31

Darryl Rouson, Incumbent, Florida House District 70

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