U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young died in October after serving nearly 43 years in Congress. The winner of this March 11 special election will serve out the remainder of Young's term. The race opens again with an Aug. 26 primary and Nov. 4 general election. Curtis Krueger, Times staff writer
|Alex Sink, 65Retired banker, former chief financial officer||David Jolly,41Lawyer, lobbyist, consultant||Lucas Overby,27Commercial diver|
|Experience|| Sink spent more than a quarter-century as a banking executive, and became president of Bank of America Florida, the state's largest bank. In 2006 she was elected as Florida's chief financial officer. She was the 2010 Democratic nominee for governor. Has served on several corporate boards and worked with nonprofits. She moved from Hillsborough County to Pinellas in November, shortly after announcing plans to run for this office.|| Was a longtime aide and general counsel to the late Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. He is a lawyer and has been a lobbyist and also a consultant. He has lived in Indian Shores since 2006, often commuting to Washington. He helped found the nonprofit Florida Federal Contractors Association and is vice president of Boston Finance Group in Clearwater. Has been an adviser to the anti-child predator group Support Jessie's Law.|| He works as a commercial diver, and his website calls him "a working class man and the quintessential political outsider." Overby also has been involved in many grass roots causes, such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, NORML, the Libertarian Party and others. He began running for this seat before Young's retirement announcement and subsequent death.|
|Education||Bachelor's degree, Wake Forest University ||Bachelor's degree from Emory University and law degree from George Mason University School of Law||Graduated from Lakewood High School, attended Florida Atlantic University and St. Petersburg College|
|What makes you the best candidate in this race?||Says she has a long record of public service in addition to a long banking career and a lifelong commitment to problem-solving. Says her work as Florida's chief financial officer allowed her to work as a "consumer watchdog" and showed she can bring Republicans and Democrats together to get things done. ||"Given my nearly 20 years working specifically for the people of this county in matters related to the United States Congress … I believe I bring that experience in a way that no other candidate in this race can match." Stresses his Washington experience as well as his family and business ties to Pinellas.||Says one of the biggest differences between him and the other candidates is "I'm not a part of the political machine in Washington." He said he has worked hard to meet with many voters to listen to their concerns and pledged "to deliver the solutions that the people of Pinellas County want." |
|What needs to be done to protect and stabilize Social Security?||Protecting Social Security and Medicare is a priority. She says they must be protected for future generations as well as current recipients. Says Medicare cost savings could be achieved by forcing drug companies to negotiate their prices. ||Says Social Security and Medicare benefits should be guaranteed for current recipients. A broad, open-ended discussion should be held on how to stabilize and/or change the programs in the future to make them financially sound.||Opposes the idea of "needs-based testing" to determine if people qualify for Social Security. But "I am in favor of increasing the retirement age to better keep pace with longevity projections." |
|Should the Affordable Care Act be repealed? How should it be improved?||Says she wants to fix it, not repeal it. Fixes include: cutting a tax on medical devices in the current law, allowing people to keep their preferred insurance policies and better communication.||"Thus far it's been nothing but a mess and a failure. … I will go to Washington and vote to repeal Obamacare," he said. He believes it should be replaced with "a market-based solution" that addresses pre-existing conditions, protects policy owners from cancellation and allows children to remain on their parents' policies.||"I am in full favor of repealing the ACA. However, solving the problems of ever-increasing costs and helping Americans gain real access to affordable health care is my No. 1 priority." If that means keeping certain parts of the law intact, he's willing to discuss it.|
|How would you respond to skyrocketing flood insurance rates? ||Implementation of the law that led to higher rates should be delayed, but says more work is needed. Says FEMA needs to complete promised remapping and affordability studies, plus more improvements.||Says the plan to delay the new flood control rules is "a good start, but does not go far enough." He advocates a new national disaster program that would cover many different disasters nationwide such as tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, drought and volcanoes.||"I support the four-year delay, but only as a measure to protect homeowners while real solutions can be hashed out." Would like to "assist the state Legislature in expanding the private option," and says he is generally against federal programs that stifle competition.|
|Assets||Multiple investments, property in North Carolina||Multiple investments||None listed|
|Income||Investments, Hyde Park Capital, BB&T deferred payment for board service, board fee for Health Insurance Innovations||His lobbying firm, Alakai Defense Systems, Boston Finance Group, investments||Income as a commercial diver|
|Personal||Widowed, with two grown children||Divorced, no children||Married, one child|
|Email||Through the website||Through the website.||[email protected]|
An independent write-in candidate, Michael Levinson, also is running. His website is michaelslevinson.com.
This member of Congress represents people in a district that stretches from south Pinellas to Dunedin, with portions of downtown and southern St. Petersburg cut out. Members serve two-year terms and are paid $174,000 per year.