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Longshot sheriff candidate sheds partisan label

Bobby Kinzy, a candidate for Pasco County sheriff, is a lifelong Democrat who filed to run for the county's top cop out of a dissatisfaction with the current state of crime fighting.

A 60-year-old retired Tampa Electric mechanic, he has no background in law enforcement, virtually no name recognition and has raised just more than $500. What's more, he's running in a packed race. Current Sheriff Bob White is seeking a third term with a massive warchest and political machine behind him. White has one Republican challenger, in addition to two other Democrats.

But Kinzy showed some forethought recently when he switched his affiliation to No Party. The change means that no matter what happens in the August primaries, Kinzy is guaranteed to be around until November's general election.

--Molly Moorhead, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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