Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Attorney Jessica Ehrlich to challenge Rep. C.W. Bill Young again

ST. PETERSBURG — Attorney Jessica Ehrlich, who failed to unseat veteran Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young in last year's general election, announced Thursday that she will try again in 2014.

Ehrlich, a 39-year-old Democrat, said Young has lost touch with Pinellas County, accusing him of not helping education, job creation, Medicare and Social Security.

"It's infuriating to watch what is going on in the House of Representatives,'' she said, echoing themes from her last election bid. "Congress is still not listening, not compromising, not offering solutions.''

Young, a political mainstay for decades, has often trounced any opposition, and the 2012 race was no exception. He took 57 percent of the vote to Ehrlich's 42, even though President Barack Obama topped the Democratic ticket and won Pinellas County.

Ehrlich said she expects a better outcome in 2014 because she will have 19 months to run instead of seven last year.

She also has the support of her party.

Allison Tant, who chairs the Florida Democratic Party, issued a statement praising Ehrlich's "background of finding bipartisan solutions to our nation's problems.''

Young is serving his 22rd term, currently representing the 13th Congressional District, which encompasses most of Pinellas. He could not be reached for comment.

Ehrlich worked as a congressional aide for Florida Republican Clay Shaw and Massachusetts Democrat Stephen Lynch. She has also worked for Bloomberg. She currently advises clients on legislative and regulatory issues.

Attorney Jessica Ehrlich to challenge Rep. C.W. Bill Young again 04/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Romano: On this education bill, you decide who is evil

    Politics

    The political ramifications are not lost on Kristine Benson.

    Six-year-old Chase Benson was born with down syndrome and autism. He attends a private school in Palm Harbor through a Gardiner Scholarship. [Photo courtesy of Kris Benson]
  2. St. Petersburg police team with federal agencies to crack down on gun and drug offenders (w/video)

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police say Raymond Adams, 29, jumped a fence to break into a home in the 800 block of 51st Street Avenue S.

    Some of the guns confiscated during an eight month firearms, drug trafficking, and violent crime operation dubbed the St. Petersburg Violent Crime Reduction Initiative were on display Wednesday, 5/24/17 at the St. Petersburg Police Department.  Federal charges have been filed against 35 individuals and state charges have been filled against 9 individuals in St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  3. Graco recalls car seats; webbing may not hold child in crash

    Public Safety

    Graco Children's Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.

    Graco has recalled eight different car seat models.
  4. Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

    Bucs

    ORLANDO — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

    Bucs  wide receiver Mike Evans runs a route as Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. defends during the first quarter of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in January at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Plan your weekend: Memorial Day, Sunset Music Fest, comic Pablo Francisco, sci-fi writer Jeff VanderMeer

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Holiday

    Memorial Day: Monday is the day to honor those who died serving their country, and the Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony will have Fox 13 anchor Alcides Segui as emcee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and musical performances starting at 10 a.m. at 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. …

    GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 20:  Diplo of Major Lazer performs at the Surf Stage during 2017 Hangout Music Festival on May 20, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Hangout Music Festival) 700050769