State Sen. Dennis Baxley, one of the most conservative members of the Florida Legislature, is drawing a Republican primary challenge for his Senate District 12 re-election bid.

Keasha “Kay” Gray filed Tuesday for the Ocala-area seat in 2018.

Gray runs an Ocala multimedia corporation called TBNB Inc. She elementary ‎education in college and worked as an educator before becoming a stay-at-home mother who home-schools two of her four children.

In 2013, Grey founded TBNB, a certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise. The company is the home of Black on Black Records, family-friendly Rainbow Heart Productions, and TBNB Television, an online television network designed for girls.

According to LobbyTools, TBNB also provides media, advertising and consulting services to government entities.

Grey served on the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission in 2016.

Gray tells LobbyTools that she running to provide “sensible and responsible leadership” for the community and that she would “symbolize and truly represent the multitude of citizens in District 12.”

SD 12 contains about half of Marion and Lake counties and all of Sumter County. The district leans red with a 174,682 Republican to 112,329 Democratic voter registration lead, with 70,798 NPA voters.

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