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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.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:16pm]


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