Firefighters' group endorses Jack Latvala
Republican Jack Latvala has announced his endorsement by the Florida Professional Firefighters.
Latvala, a former senator, seeks to return to the Florida Senate against School Board member Nina Hayden, a Democrat, in the November election in District 16, which includes Pinellas and a slice of Hillsborough County.
From Latvala's news release:
The FPF's decision to support Latvala's campaign came following the request of 2nd District Vice President Winthrop Newton. The association's president, Bob Carver, said, "we believe that you will honorably serve the citizens of Florida, and the interests of the men and women employed in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who have made the protection of life and property their life's work."
Newton leads St. Petersburg's firefighters union and is the brother of City Council member Wengay Newton, a Democrat.
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David DeCamp, Times staff writer
News for Immediate Release July 15, 2010
Florida Professional Firefighters endorse Latvala for Senate
The Florida Professional Firefighters announced their endorsement of Jack Latvala’s campaign for Florida Senate in District 16. The FPF is a State Association chartered by the International Association of Firefighters and represents full-time Professional Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel in 175 cities, counties, and special districts.
The FPF’s decision to support Latvala’s campaign came following the request of 2nd District Vice President, Winthrop Newton. The association’s president Bob Carver said, “we believe that you will honorably serve the citizens of Florida, and the interests of the men and women employed in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who have made the protection of life and property their life’s work.”
“I greatly appreciate what firefighters do for our communities, and I very much look forward to fighting for them. As this campaign proceeds, I am thrilled to have the support of everyday heroes like police officers and firefighters,” Latvala said.
While in the Senate, Latvala served as Majority Leader from 1998-2000, and chaired the following Senate Committees: Natural Resources, Government Oversight and Productivity, Banking and Insurance, as well as the Congressional Redistricting subcommittee and the Select Committee on Water Policy. Before retiring in 2002, he passed over 125 pieces of legislation and was consistently rated in the Top 10 Senators in effectiveness in annual Miami Herald surveys.
Since his retirement from the Florida Senate, Latvala has operated small businesses including a printing company in Largo and a carwash. He is a longtime director of Community Hospital in New Port Richey and a director of Synovus Bank of Tampa Bay.
Latvala, 58, of Clearwater, has been a Pinellas County resident since 1979. He has a son, Chris, of Clearwater, and daughter, Stephanie Courson, who lives in Riverview with her husband, Jim Courson, and Latvala’s two grandchildren, Blake and Sydni.
Current State Senator Charlie Justice is vacating the District 16 seat to run for the U.S. Congress. District 16 includes parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.
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