State Rep. Kathleen Peters announces candidacy surrounded by Young's son, elected officials
Saying she has a proven track record of finding solutions on the local level, and vowing to fight Washington's business as usual, state Rep. Kathleen Peters formally announced she is seeking the Republican nomination to Pinellas County's open congressional seat.
"To me, just saying no is not good enough," she said. "It's time to offer alternatives. It's time to offer big solutions to really big problems."
She was surrounded by several elected officials supporting her in her effort to succeed longtime U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died Oct 18.
Young's widow, Beverly, backs Republican candidate David Jolly, a longtime aide to Young, and says Young himself wanted Jolly to fill the job.
But two who came to support Peters on Tuesday were Young's son, Bill Young II, and another longtime Young aide, George Cretekos, now Clearwater's mayor. Both of them had considered running for the seat themselves.
Others who came to support Peters and had considered running included Pinellas Sherrif Bob Gualtieri and former Pinellas Commissioner Neil Brickfield.
The winner of the Jan. 14 primary will face Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 special election .