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Hildebrand, other Republicans line up behind Deomcrat Murphy



Democrat Amanda Murphy has picked up three more endorsements – all from Republicans, including Ann Hildebrand.

Murphy’s campaign said it received endorsements from former Pasco commissioners Hildebrand and Sandra Werner as well as Ray Gadd, assistant schools superintendent.

Murphy is running to replace Rep. Mike Fasano who resigned when appointed Pasco’s tax collector.

“Pasco Schools can’t afford to have anyone but Amanda Murphy representing (and) speaking up for them. It's time to invest in our children and their future, and that's exactly what Amanda plans on doing,” Gadd said.

The support followed an endorsement this week from another prominent Republican, millionaire philanthropist Frank Morsani.

The Hildebrand endorsement also stands out in that it came after Hildebrand contemplated running for Fasano’s seat herself, but bowed out because of residency issues. The former commission chairwoman lives in Auburn, Ala., most of the year.

[Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 5:24pm]


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