Tom Young won't run for his brother's seat in Congress
The Buzz stopped by the house of Tom Young the other day ... to ask whether he had decided if he wanted to run for the Pinellas congressional seat brother C.W. Bill Young held for nearly 43 years. After careful consideration, Young, 79, who used to run a masonry business, has decided not to.
But while we visited Young at his Pinellas Park house, he shared this photo of his brother. According to his recollection, this photo was taken at the time of his brother's first campaign in 1960. At the time, Tom Young raced cars at the Sunshine Speedway. This one was emblazoned with a campaign message. His brother was elected to the state Senate, and spent 10 years there before getting elected to Congress in 1970.
Bill Young's congressional seat became vacant Oct. 18, when he died at the age of 82. His former general counsel, David Jolly, is running for the Republican nomination. Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is running for the Democratic nomination.
A special election has been called with a Jan. 14 primary and a March 11 general election.