Democrats crowd race against Rep. Young
Another Democrat announced his candidacy today for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young , R-Indian Shores. Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth, 52, said he's in touch with the local community and emphasized Young's length in office. He also knocked Young for bringing in federal dollars through earmarks when the country is running a national debt.
Hackworth, who said he changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to run, is the third announced Democrat in the race.
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"What we have here is an incumbent with clear grassroots support, who has been a strong voice for Pinellas County for nearly half a century, versus a political opportunist,'' said state GOP spokeswoman Erin VanSickle. "We are overwhelmingly confident that Congressman Young will be re-elected, and the people in the district will see through this political opportunism
Other Democrats in the race include Samm Simpson, a political novice who ran against Young in 2006 and calls herself the "real Democrat" in the race, and Max Linn, a former Republican who ran as a Reform Party candidate for governor in 2006 against Charlie Crist. Young is seeking his 20th term in Congress.
So far, four candidates have filed -- write-in candidate Don Callahan, independent Jason Diviki, Simpson and Young.
Simpson made the ballot by collecting petitions. So did Young, who in past years has paid a qualifying fee. The deadline for petitions passed on Monday, so other partisan candidates will have to make the ballot by paying a $9,912 fee.