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Victor Crist has challenger for Hillsborough commission seat



Republican urban planner Linda Pearson has filed to run against Florida Sen. Victor Crist, also a Republican, for a Hillsborough County Commission seat in 2010. Pearson, 58, previously worked as a zoning coordinator for the county, and now serves on the county's code enforcement board. She is a co-owner of Diaz Pearson and Associates, Inc., an engineering and land-planning firm. She lives in Dover.

Pearson, who's making her first bid at public office, said she knows it will be a tough battle against Crist, a long-time lawmaker. He was first elected as a state representative in 1992 and is term-limited out of his senate seat. But she said she's up for the challenge.

"People need a choice. And I think there needs to be more women in government," she said. "We bring a different viewpoint."

Like Crist, Pearson filed to run for the District 2 seat in 2012, when Republican Ken Hagan would be forced out of the seat because of term limits. But Hagan previously announced plans to leave the position early and run for Jim Norman's countywide District 5 in 2010.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:46am]


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