U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young running again
Rep. C.W. Bill Young, the white-haired Republican who has brought hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money to Pinellas County, has decided to run for re-election.
Young hasn't made a formal announcement, but he confirmed Thursday that he planned to file for his 20th term and that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline a Washington fundraiser for Young on Feb. 25.
Young, the senior Republican on the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, said he wanted to run for re-election so he could address the needs of the military.
"When we leave Iraq with victory and the Iraqis have a stable operation, we're going to have to do a lot of rebuilding," he said. "We're going to have worn out our equipment. That's what I do -- that's my job -- to make sure the military has the proper equipment."
He said he will continue to focus on helping wounded soldiers, which has been a focus for he his wife Beverly.
He estimated that he has about $575,000 in his campaign account but says he is prepared for a tough campaign.
"I always prepare for strong opposition and I don’t take any opponent lightly," he said.