Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

April 23, 2014

Clawson wins special primary in southwest Florida

The Batesville Herald-Tribune


Batesville High School graduate Curt Clawson is one step closer to Washington, D.C.

Clawson won the special U.S. Congressional District 19 Republican primary in southwest Florida with nearly 38 percent of the vote. The Bonita Springs resident visited Batesville this past winter to tape portions of a commercial used during the campaign.

It was reported as a very challenging campaign, which included Clawson, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Michael Dreikorn and Paige Kreegel. Benacquisto was second in the race with just under 26 percent of the vote. Kreegel was a close third with just over 25 percent.

The Purdue University graduate will continue his campaign, targeting the June 24 special general election. That winner will hold office for few months and then could run for re-election in the 2014 general election.

The special primary election came about as a result of Fort Myers Republican Trey Radel’s resignation.

He is the son of Floridians Cherie and Jack Clawson, who served as Hill-Rom president until the early 1990s.

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