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Florida State House District 48 Republican candidates

State House | District 48

Incumbent Peter Nehr faces two Republican challengers in an attempt to capture a third term as the district's representative. Both Marg Baker and Steven Mueller have said it's time for change and are hoping to meet Democratic opponent Tom McKone, who has no primary challenger, in the Nov. 2 general election. Demorris A. Lee, Times staff writer

About the job: District 48 covers parts of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, East Lake, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Clearwater in northern Pinellas County and parts of Holiday and Trinity in Pasco County. State representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $31,392 per year

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Marg Baker

69, retired
R Steven Mueller

41, business owner
R Peter Nehr

58, incumbent
Experience Marg Baker is running for elected office for the first time. A native Floridian, Baker is a retired real estate broker and builder. For close to 10 years, Baker has been precinct 619's leader for the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee. She was appointed in 2004 to the Governor's Diabetic Advisory Council. Mueller has a management company that provides services to business dealing with financial planning and long-term management. A self described fiscal conservative, Mueller is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is a youth hockey coach and the vice president of programs for the North Pinellas Republican Club. Nehr is used to competitive races. His first primary victory in 2006 was by fewer than 200 votes. In his two previous matchups against a Democrat, he eked our victories with 51 percent of the vote. In 2009 Nehr shut down a Tarpon Springs flag shop he owned for 18 years after filing for personal bankruptcy.
Education Chicago Institute of Accounting St. Petersburg Junior College , associate of arts degree Augsburg College in Minneapolis, bachelor of arts in business administration University of South Florida, bachelor of science in political science
What is your position on high-speed rail? Florida should abandon its attempt for a high-speed rail system because using stimulus money to do so is a simply a loan from the federal government. Needs to know more about it. "I have no idea of the total gross cost and it has to be well designed to be effective." Believes that the state should fund high-speed rail more than it does, and free enterprise and competition are the answers to reducing insurance costs.
Should there be a constitutional ban against oil drilling off the state's shores? "I need to know how far and how deep off the coast before I could answer that." "It should be left up for the voters to decide. If it comes to referendum vote, and if that's what the majority of the citizens of Florida want, then that should be the case. I certainly don't want our country to be dependent on foreign nations." "Absolutely. Regardless if we put a ban on near shore oil drilling in the constitution or not, I will continue to vote no on oil drilling as I have consistently done in the past."
What would you do in an effort to bring more revenue to the state? Reduce taxes and eliminate many of the recently formed bills. Less regulation and less taxes. Cut the size of government. "I'd make a 12 percent across the board cut in the entire budget." Collect the Internet sales tax that is already a law but not well enforced. "It is estimated that we could have an additional revenue of approximately $3 billion dollars if we did a better job of collecting these taxes that people are already required to pay."
What's the most pressing issue facing the people in the district? "The foul water in District 48. We have too many people for the water supply, and the water here is terrible. It actually makes me sick to drink it." Jobs, economy. "It's the same as it is all over the state of Florida and that's to get our economy back on track, to get people jobs and to reduce the unemployment rate as low as possible."
Assets Home, bank and investment accounts. Benelli 12-gauge shotgun, Hitachi television, sofa and two vehicles. None
Liabilities None Home mortgage $14,000 car loan
Income $16,049 from Social Security $5,350 . Refuses to discuss salary in further detail. House salary
Personal She is divorced and has one adult son. He is single Nehr is recently divorced and has three adult children.

Florida State House District 48 Republican candidates 08/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 4:17pm]
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