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Will Weatherford of Land O'Lakes will run this fall for the spot vacated by Rep. Ken Littlefield, R-Wesley Chapel, (who is off to the Public Service Commission) to represent parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Weatherford, a Republican, spent the past three years working as an aide for Speaker of the House Allan Bense. He also married Bense's daughter Courtney this summer. His brother is Drew Weatherford, quarterback for Florida State University. Will Weatherford was among 77 House staffers who got some $300,000 in sweet bonuses after the session; Weatherford got $5,000 from his boss and now father-in-law.

Weatherford will run against Zephyrhills Democrat Donovan Brown, an insurance agent and political newcomer.

Brown and Weatherford are both young'ns at 26.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:47pm]


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