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USF student loses state senate race

Coming into the race as a newcomer, USF student Allison McInnis-Gimbert hoped to succeed as Pinellas County’s new state representative. But the Democratic candidate lost the race for District 16 Tuesday with only 36 percent of the vote with 93 percent of precincts reported.

Republican Jim Sebesta will hold his seat with plans to improve traffic congestion and raise teachers’ salaries.

One of Sebesta’s main projects could include construction on U.S. 19 and Roosevelt Road as well as Gandy Boulevard in Tampa. District 16 also includes a majority of Hillsborough County’s western section.

Education would have been one of McInnis-Gimbert’s priorities had she been elected. The candidate felt strong about pay raises for teachers and improving the Department of Children and Families.

She also devoted a large part of her campaign to encouraging the younger population to vote.

The USF political science major has earned further political experience by serving as an intern for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.