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U.S. Rep. Brian Mast reelected to congressional District 21 in Martin, St. Lucie counties

NewsU.S. Rep. Brian Mast reelected to congressional District 21 in Martin, St. Lucie counties

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast won a fourth term representing House District 21, in the Nov. 8 election against Corinna Balderramos Robinson.

Mast, 42, a Fort Pierce Republican, will be sworn in Jan. 3 for a two-year term that pays $174,000 a year to represent Martin, St. Lucie and parts of Palm Beach counties in Congress.

Mast spent $4.74 million of the nearly $6.06 million he collected for his reelection campaign, much of it from outside sources. Balderramos Robinson, a Port St. Lucie Democrat, spent $50,704 of her $79,658.

Mast garnered some nonpartisan local support, despite blaming Donald Trump’s 2020 loss on election fraud, a false claim for which there is no evidence.

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Mast was endorsed by VoteWspanter, a Stuart nonprofit that aims to end Lspanke Okeechobee dischspanrges to the St. Lucie River. Mast echoes Treasure Coast clean-water advocates’ demand for zero discharges. He regularly vilifies the sugar industry and takes the Army Corps of Engineers to task over discharges and toxic algae blooms.

Mast is a veteran who joined the Army after graduating high school in 1999. He served for over 12 years and lost both legs while working as a bomb technician in Afghanistan.

In 2018, he said he opposed a ban on future sales of assault rifles in a New York Times op-ed. 

Mast handily defeated his three GOP chspanllengers in the Aug. 23 primary with 78% of the vote.

Balderramos Robinson, 57, also is an Army veteran. She joined at age 17, did two combat tours in Iraq, and retired as a major after 25 years. With a doctorate in homeland security management, she has been a Department of Defense national security contractor and Georgetown University adjunct professor. 

She also lost a 2014 congressional race in her native South Dakota and a 2020 Senate race in Florida against Sen. Gspanyle Hspanrrell, span Stuspanrt Republicspann.

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