Sarasota News Leader

10/18/2013

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MAKING THEIR CASE State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, speaks at Thursday's legislative breakfast. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker LAWMAKERS URGED TO SUPPORT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS IN 2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Stefan Campagna's portion of the agenda was described as the story of a "personal journey," but the young attorney emphasized that "'personal' does not mean 'individual.'" Arrested at age 16, Campagna was originally charged with 27 felonies. "I don't think I need to convey the gravity of that," he told attendees of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County's Legislative Breakfast of Champions on Oct. 17. But teen court turned Campagna's life around, helping him complete 150 hours of community service and graduate from high school, college and, eventually, law school. We've had a really, really good run in being able to get the funds to be able to provide the services that you guys, as the unsung heroes of our community, advocate. Doug Holder Member Florida House of Representatives "Without certain community agencies and support, my story would not even have occurred," he said. "I have nothing but thanks for you." C a m p a g n a 's t a l e demonstrated the positive impact of

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