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Hackworth receives teachers' union endorsement



Congressional candidate Bob Hackworth has received a key endorsement Tuesday's in the Democratic primary against two opponents on Tuesday.

The political action committee of the Florida Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, has endorsed Hackworth. Hackworth, the mayor of Dunedin, is running for the Congressional District 10 seat now held by Bill Young.

“Only a serious candidate can defeat Senator Bill C.W. Young in November and we feel that Bob Hackworth is that candidate,” said Jade Moore, according to a press release from the Hackworth campaign. “When we interviewed him, his commitment to teachers and kids and the highest standards of education was very apparent.”

Hackworth has collected a handful of endorsements, including from Largo mayor Patricia Gerard, St. Petersburg Councilman Karl Nurse, and firefighters.

His Democratic opponents are Samm Simpson, who ran in 2006 against Young and received 34 percent of the vote, and Max Linn, a term limits advocate who ran for governor with the Reform Party in 2006.

--Stephanie Garry, Times Staff Writer

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


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