Former Dunedin mayor endorses Kathryn Starkey in House District 45 race
House 45 candidate Kathryn Starkey has picked up the endorsement of former Dunedin mayor Jerry Rehm.
Rehm first served on the Dunedin City Commission from 1963 to 1964 and as mayor from 1965 to 1972. He was a state senator from 1980 to 1984 and state representative from 1986 to 1990. He is widely regarded as having played an essential role in the preservation of Caladesi Island State Park
"I know the Starkey family has contributed so much land for preservation and for the use and benefit of our citizens, and I believe in the generosity and the contributions they have made," he said in a statement released by Starkey's campaign. "I wholly support sending a member of this giving family to Tallahassee as I know she will be a benefit to the Legislature. Kathryn and her family have lived, worked and served in our community for many years. I strongly urge all the voters of District 45 to support Kathryn. She is the Representative we need in Tallahassee to continue the giving tradition established by her family.”
Starkey, who now serves on the Pasco School Board, faces a Republican primary challenge from Richard Corcoran and Fabian Calvo. House 45 represents parts of Pasco and Pinellas counties.