Democrat Scott Orsini announced Thursday that he will run for state representative in the House District 69 seat held by Republican Kathleen Peters.
In November, Peters lost the congressional District 13 primary to David Jolly. Orsini joins Republican challenger Leo J. Govoni and Libertarian Randy Taylor, who have already filed to run.
Orsini, 48, founded the Orsini & Rose law firm in St. Petersburg in 1996. He focuses on civil, consumer and family law and said his practice keeps him grounded. "I am middle class, and most of my clients are middle class," Orsini said.
Orsini grew up in Titusville and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in 1987. He to moved St. Petersburg to attend Stetson University College of Law and passed the bar exam in 1990. Orsini is married to Heather and has a stepdaughter, Kelsey, 20, and two sons, Thomas, 7, and Adrien, 8.
An avid surfer, Orsini is vice chairman of the Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, chairman of Creative Clay Inc. and a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Paul's Catholic Church. Orsini said he is dedicated to helping his community and saw running for office as a logical next step.
If elected, Orsini said his priorities would be improving education, expanding Medicaid and increasing access to health care. He said he's also unhappy with the nuclear cost recovery program.
"I don't have any illusions as to how much I'm going to be able to change the world in two years," Orsini said. "But nothing gets changed if someone doesn't try."
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