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Democrat Elena McCullough to challenge Rep. Will Weatherford



Wesley Chapel resident Elena McCullough has filed to run as a Democrat against State Rep. Will Weatherford, the Wesley Chapel Republican in line to become House speaker in 2012.

McCullough said in a statement that she joined the Coast Guard at age 18, earned a college education and completed a 24-year military career. She describes herself as “a wife, mother of children in Pasco County public schools, and a Wesley Chapel homeowner.”

She was a volunteer for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and created an organization called Wesley Chapel Community for Change. The group volunteers in area community service projects such as the Veteran’s Hospital, local food pantries, and Habitat for Humanity projects.

“Just as many of my neighbors, I am mad about what our state legislature has been doing. Rather than focusing on keeping and creating jobs, state legislators have been catering to the wants of powerful special interests,” McCullough said in a statement. “Unlike my opponent, current State Rep. Will Weatherford, I am a true fiscal conservative who believes government must operate within its means. Rep. Weatherford voted to raise the cost of auto tags, driver licenses, and hunting and fishing licenses. These increases hurt the people in our area. If elected to the state legislature, I will vote to repeal these unfair tax and fee hikes that Representative Weatherford helped put in place.”
McCullough’s campaign kick-off event is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wesley Chapel District Park on Boyette Road.

Jodie Tillman, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:22pm]


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