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Patt Maney wins Florida House seat over Democrat John Plante

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

Judge, general and now state representative.

Patt Maney, was elected to the District 4 seat in the Florida House on Tuesday in a resounding victory over Democrat John Plante and a write-in candidate.

As has become the norm in Northwest Florida, Republicans carried the day across the region, with Jayer Williams returning to his District 3 House seat and Sen Doug Broxson grabbing victory in state Senate District 1.

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Patt Maney and his wife Caroline are all smiles Tuesday night after he decisively won the Florida House District 4 race.

President Donald Trump also did very well in Okaloosa County, tallying more than 77,0000 votes to challenger Joe Biden's 33,000.

Maney, who has served as a general in the U.S. Army Reserves and as an Okaloosa County judge, thanked voters and the volunteers who worked for him through a tough August primary and the less stressful general election victory.

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J Patt Maney speaks with supporters before he decisively won the Florida House District 4 race.

"We worked hard and we had a lot of volunteers who worked hard," he said. "I don't know if it was easy, but all of us are gratified by the result."

John Plante candidate for Fl State Representative District 4

Maney said he hopes the Florida House speaker will put him on committees in which he can best serve constituents in Okaloosa and Northwest Florida. 

He said he wants to concentrate on workforce development that includes education and training, getting Florida's economy opened safely, protecting Eglin Air Force Base's mission and the the region's water supply, as well as making infrastructure improvements.

Efforts to reach Plante were not successful, Maney said the Democratic challenger had not called to congratulate him on his win. 

Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, said he, like Maney, is eager to move the state's economy forward.

“Hopefully we can have a majority in the Senate, and we go back and continue to move this economy forward during this pandemic and deal with some of the issues that we had with the budget,” Broxson told the Pensacola News Journal. “I’m excited that we’re going to start that process next week.”

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