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Botana beats Weber for seat in state House

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 3, 2020

The race for the Florida House District 76 seat came to an end in tonight’s General Election.

Republican Adam Botana won 67,884 votes — 65.51 percent of the total ballots cast in Lee County. His opponent, Democrat Anselm Weber, scored 35,740 votes or 34.49 percent of the ballots cast.

In Lee, a total of 394,817 ballots were received, for a voter turnout of 80.71 percent.

Botana could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Weber described his loss as a sign that Democrats have to work harder in the district.

“I think it’s an area that goes culturally conservative. At the moment, I think it’s leaning red,” he said, adding that focusing on issues of importance to the working class could change that in the future.

Weber wished Botana the best.

“I hope he serves the district well,” he said.

“I hope that he actually addresses the water issues. I think he should be a supporter of expanding Medicaid — and also a $15 minimum wage,” Weber added of what he would like to see Botana focus on. “There’s plenty of issues that I hope he works on for the working-class people in our district.”

He offered a thank you to his campaign volunteers and those supported him.

“Thanks to everybody who voted for me,” Weber said. “I hope the best for everybody.”

District 76 consists of part of Lee County.

All election results are unofficial until certified.