As One Campaign Closes, Another Nears Closer

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For many, Tuesday night's vote was the end of the campaign trial. For others it brought a brief moment of celebration before they begin drumming up more support for the November general election.

Janice Lucas, (D), Dist. 6 State House candidate, said, "That just means we have to work harder. This experience has been humbling and a bit scary, and now it's empowering because there are many people supporting our candidacy and I will be the voice of the people and that is my pledge."

Lucas swept Ray Guillory for the District 6 Democratic House seat nomination by more than 4,600 votes. On November 7 she'll face Republican nominee Jimmy Patronis, who's race with Lee Sullivan and two others was much closer.

Partonis won by 900 votes.

Jimmy Patronis, (R), Dist. 6 State House candidate, said, "We're not gonna change a lot of our strategy. I've got the most incredible volunteers of any campaign. We'll bring those folks back together. I'm sure that number will grow some; it's exciting. We'll keep on knockin’ on doors, visiting folks, making sure we understand their problems, and thanking them for giving us this opportunity to stand there with them today."

Lucas and Patronis are both hoping to succeed current Dist. 6 Rep. and House Speaker Allen Bense.

Bense, a Republican, called Partonis Tuesday morning to offer congratulations. Patronis says he also spoke to the man he defeated, Lee Sullivan, and the woman he'll face in November, Lucas.

They offered each other congratulations, and then set off to plan their separate strategies for the next two months.