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Former Rep. Littlefield to run for Pasco commission



Kenlittlefield Former Rep. Ken Littlefield, R-Wesley Chapel, filed today to run for the Pasco County Commission seat held by fellow Republican Pat Mulieri. Mulieri has served since 1994.

Littlefield served in the House from 1999 to 2006, when he dropped his re-election bid after then-Gov. Jeb Bush nominated him to the Florida Public Service Commission. Then incoming Gov. Charlie Crist pulled Littlefield's nomination because Crist suggested Littlefield wasn't "consumer-oriented" enough. Littlefield went to work as executive director of the statewide advocacy council under the governor's office in March 2007.

Or as Littlefield put it in his announcement: "After serving for a short time on the PSC he accepted his current position in March of 2007."

Littlefield, who toyed with running for Pasco County clerk last year, said he will resign from the state post within 10 days of qualifying, which happens in mid-2010.

He said he wants to give voters a choice: "The main reason that I want to get into the race, is that I’ve noticed over the last few years, I’ve noticed the lack of competitive elections leads to excessive pride and presumption in leadership."

But he wouldn't say Mulieri exhibited those things. Nor would he say what might distinguish him from Mulieri.

David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:44am]


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