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Former governors take a side in District 9



Former Gov. Bob Graham and former Gov. Buddy McKay have endorsed John Dicks in the Democratic primary race for U.S. House District 9.

Graham, Florida's governor from 1979 to 1987, said in a statement that "(Former Plant City) Mayor John Dicks has devoted much of his adult life to public service.  In every instance he put the public interest first and the people were better because of that service.”

McKay, longtime lieutenant governor who took over the state’s top post for a few weeks after the death of Lawton Chiles in 1998, said Dicks has the experience to do the job.

“John's strong background in finance and his commitment to community make him especially qualified.  I trust John's judgment and his character,” said McKay in a statement.

- Rita Farlow, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]


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