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Joe Gruters announces Florida Senate run

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Joe Gruters wants to move from the Florida House of Representatives to the Florida State Senate, announcing his plan to run for Sarasota's open Senate seat.

Since 2016, Rep. Gruters, 40, has represented Sarasota and Manatee Counties as a State Representative in the Florida House; on Thursday he announced his plans to pursue the open District 23 Senate seat. District 23 Covers Sarasota County and part of Western Charlotte County.

The seat is being vacated by Sen. Greg Steube, who is resigning to run for Congress.

In a press release, Rep. Gruters says he is fighting for a community that he has been apart of his whole life.

"The campaign is about fighting every waking hour for a community that has given me so much," says Rep. Gruters.

As leader of the Sarasota GOP for the last 10 years, Rep. Gruters has a large network of supporters, with names like Congressman Vern Buchanan, Sheriff Tom Knight and four of the five Sarasota County School Board members already endorsing his run.

District 23 historically leans Republican. President Trump won the district by double digits in 2016.

But, after Margaret Good's upset victory last month in a district that Trump also carried, Democrats will be eyeing the seat.

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