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Gene Hodges and his then-trademark cigar.
Gene Hodges dead at 77

Cedar Key Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges, born into a politically connected family, was the heir to that way of knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988.
Hodges'  father was a state senator from 1952-62, Senate President and later a lobbyist.
The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit the way a carpenter uses a wood plane — smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

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