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East Pasco's Wilton Simpson eyes Sen. Mike Fasano's seat



Wilton Simpson is no stranger among the movers and shakers of eastern Pasco County.

He's backed political leaders including state Rep. Will Weatherford (whom he employs as a client relations specialist), School Board vice chairman Allen Altman and County Commissioner Ted Schrader.

His name came up when Republicans briefly sought a replacement candidate for Jim Norman in the 2010 Senate District 12 election.

He's served on the Pasco-Hernando Community College Board of Trustees, led the County Fair Association, contributed heavily to the Boys and Girls Club and the Dade City downtown redevelopment efforts.

Now Simpson, a 44-year-old father of two, has decided to seek a bigger political forum.

He's submitted initial paperwork to seek election to the Florida Senate as a Republican. He filed for the seat currently held by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, even though the district as currently drawn does not include Simpson's east Pasco base.

Keep reading Times staff writer Jeff Solochek's story.

[Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2011 12:06pm]


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