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Beverly Young still thinking about entering the race for her late husband's seat



Even though a host of potential candidates are jockeying to succeed longtime U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, his widow said Monday she still will jump into the race if the right person doesn't come forward.

Beverly Young, who has built her own reputation as a sharp-tongued advocate for veterans rights and wounded soldiers, made it clear in an interview Monday night she has not yet decided to run for Congress.

She said she was still grieving for her husband, just four days after he was buried. Sometimes, she said, she still expects to get his phone calls. "I miss Bill. I want Bill home," she said.

But she also wants someone to carry on his legacy. She said she wants someone who's not worried about building their own political resume, but who will work to keep a strong military defense and fight for proper treatment of soldiers, sailers and airmen.

"He wasn't a politician, he was a person who touched people," she said. But when she looks at some people interested in the Pinellas-based seat, she said, "there are people that just want the title. And that's wrong. Go get the title somewhere else. There are people that really need help and don't have money and don't have access."

Also, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long says she won't run. Full story here.

[Last modified: Monday, October 28, 2013 9:31pm]


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