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Tony DiMatteo supports challenger to Susan Latvala



A challenger to Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala has at least one influential friend.

Tony DiMatteo, the GOP state committeeman and former party chairman for Pinellas County, will help an old friend run a campaign for County Commission in the 2010 election.

DiMatteo said he'll assist Carl Folkman, a Crystal Beach wine and spirits broker, when campaigning ramps up after Jan. 1. Folkman joined the race last month after initially starting to run for the Florida House in the Pasco-Pinellas District 45 election next year.

DiMatteo said he really isn't "against Latvala," in the election, which also includes Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris and Republican Ray Brooks.

"In politics, everything is a choice. Carl Folkman has been very loyal to me," DiMatteo said, noting Folkman was part of the Chairman's Circle of top donors and activists when DiMatteo was chairman. 

DiMatteo also supports Republican Richard Corcoran in the District 45 race. Latvala is in the other side on that one, too, supporting Kathryn Starkey, a Republican opponent.

David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:10pm]


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