Strategist Edwards: Darryl Rouson was a ‘Great Candidate’

The margin of victory for state Rep. Darryl Rouson was 75 votes. In an audio interview, Barry Edwards, the strategist for the campaign, provides insight on how the closely watched state Senate District 19 race was won.


State Rep. Darryl and Angela Rouson on election night in St. Petersburg.

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Barry Edwards  is a political strategist based in St Petersburg.  He is a veteran of several high profile statewide races working for the House and Senate Victory Caucus, Education Commissioner Betty Castor, Cong. Dan Mica, Cong. Lois Frankel and others.  He is a commentator on 820 AM Radio and a frequent guest on several of the local Tampa Bay market political shows, includingFlorida This Week, Political Connections, News Hour with Dick Greco and The Rob Lorei Show.  Edwards is also a lecturer before political and civic groups, and has taught applied politics and issue advocacy in universities across the country.  Edwards has extensive policy experience being a strategist for Sen. Jeanne Malchon who wrote the first “Clean Indoor Air Act” and Florida’s first “Right to Know Law,” both of which became legislative models across the country.

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