Former Pinellas School Board member Nina Hayden is second Democrat to challenge C.W. Bill Young
Former Pinellas School Board member Nina Hayden will run to unseat U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, becoming the second Democrat to challenge Young this week. Local attorney Jessica Ehrlich announced her bid Monday.
After a short stint on the school board after winning a 2008 election, Hayden, an attorney, was soundly defeated in a 2010 race for state Senate against Jack Latvala, a Republican. While she has kept an active profile in Democratic politics, Hayden's decision to set her sights on the high-profile veteran Young is a bit of a surprise.
“I am running for Congress because I believe America’s tomorrow can be even better than its yesterday," Hayden said in a news release Thursday. “The economy is improving and we’re putting folks back on the job, but there’s still a lot of work to do. As a school board member, I represented families that are still uncertain about the future. We will restore America’s prosperity when we create 21st century jobs. We can be confident in our future if we have a strong Democrat who will fight for the long-term economic security of working Americans.”
David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer