Bean tops Soderberg in state Senate race

Aaron Bean celebrates his victory in the District 4 state Senate race.
Aaron Bean celebrates his victory in the District 4 state Senate race.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Republican state Senate candidate Aaron Bean defeated Democratic challenger Nancy Soderberg in a battle for District 4.

Bean received 62 percent of the vote.

"I cannot thank the voters enough for all the support they have shown for our campaign for Senate District 4," Bean said. "Since Day One, I have campaigned on creating jobs, providing more choices for parents in their children's education and bringing a marketplace of affordable health care to all Floridians; and now, I have the privilege and opportunity to deliver on these principles for our First Coast region."

After the redistricting process earlier this year, Florida Senate District 4 now covers about half of Duval County and all of Nassau County.

Bean, a veteran Republican state representative, won a grueling and expensive primary battle with Rep. Mike Weinstein to advanced to face off against Soderberg.

"Nancy Soderberg started a new conversation on the issues that matter to our area the most -- jobs and education," a spokeswoman for the candidate said in a statement. "She fought hard for our First Coast families and will continue to fight for our Florida families. We congratulate Aaron Bean on his victory and know he will give his best effort for the people of northeast Florida."

Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Audrey Gibson knocked off Republican Cherron Newby in the Florida Senate District 9 race, and District 6 incumbent Republican John Thrasher overcame Democrat Kathleen Trued to stay in office.

Republican Rob Bradley defeated Democrat William Mazzota in the District 7 race.

Incumbent state House candidates Janet Adkins, Lake Ray, Mia Jones, Ronald Renuart and Keith Perry were all re-elected.

In the state House District 24 race, Republican Travis Hutson led Democrat Milissa Holland by 2 percent with 39 of 40 precincts reporting.