With the entry also last month of a write-in candidate, the primary will be closed to all but Republican-registered voters.
Because of her late start, Steinberg faces a fundraising disadvantage.
She has about
In financial disclosures, Grant declared his net worth as
Grant -- a 31-year-old tech entrepreneur -- is confident that his conservative stands align with the district's interests. For example, he backed a move to deregulate
"I promised to file bills that limited the scope of government when it exceeded its necessary function," he said. "I think I have a track record of standing up for a limited government. If that's in line with what (voters) want their representative doing, they can send me back."
Grant is the son of former state Sen.
The younger Grant graduated from
Steinberg, 54, was born in
She styles herself a moderate Republican and an "independent thinker," supporting expanding
"I likely represent the views of the average voter in my district," she said.
The district, with a population of 157,000, encompasses an eastern swath of
Steinberg also hopes to gain traction by highlighting a business arrangement that got Grant some unwanted attention.
Grant has been criticized for using public economic development dollars instead of private capital to bring high-tech businesses to
County officials put about
Allegations of conflict of interest and misuse of public money resulted in attention from the
The state attorney's office closed its investigation, finding no fraud or criminal activity.
Grant's own startup, LifeSync Technologies, was moved to
Grant sold his firm to
Steinberg says elected officials have a duty to uphold their office.
"This gives the appearance of personal gain," she said. "He should have taken private money to do this kind of startup."
Grant defends the
"We signed up and believed that we could very easily do what we were doing," he said. "We discovered that there are some in that community, a minority, who want to see all economic development down there fail. ... One (reason) is they want cheap, plantation-priced labor. So economic development threatens the ability to pay very, very low wages ... .
"I knew when we started that project that it was not politically smart or politically safe," Grant added. "I could go get a job at a lot more places making a lot more money than I'm making in the startup space today. That's not me. I believe in the project."
If re-elected, Grant says he'll keep pressing to remove unneeded regulations on business, expand school choice and advocate for more military veteran-friendly policies.
He'd also like to pass a law that requires the state to instantly publish online all its public information through an application-programming interface, or API, that allows software and databases to share information seamlessly.
"Information that is required through a public records request should be available in real time," Grant said.
He used the example of a smartphone map program that could show the location and photos of registered sex offenders.
Steinberg's legislative priorities are a mix of the traditional and the contrarian.
She agrees with Gov.
Scott proposed cutting that tax this year, but the proposal did not make it into the
Steinberg thinks cutting that tax will offset other hits to small businesses, such as a possible increase in the minimum wage or added costs under the Affordable Care Act.
But Steinberg also supports accepting federal dollars offered under the Affordable Care Act to expand
"This is money that is on the table for
She was quick to add she's not endorsing the health care program: "I think it's a first try, but there's a lot of room for improvement."
Finally, she wants to promote development and use of renewable energy. That means "anything other than fossil fuels," she said.
"We don't want to be dependent on foreign oil," Steinberg said.
"We're the Sunshine State, so why not capture it and bank on it," mentioning solar panels.
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