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State House | District 65

For the third time in six years, Peter Nehr and Carl Zimmermann are vying to represent this northern Pinellas County district. Nehr, the three-term incumbent, again has a heavy fundraising advantage, but his previous two races against Zimmermann have been close. Will Hobson, Times staff writer

Peter Nehr, 60

State representative

Carl Zimmermann, 61


The former Tarpon Springs city commissioner easily bested three opponents in the Republican primary. Nehr owned a Tarpon Springs flag shop for 18 years, but closed it in 2009 and filed for personal bankruptcy. If elected, he has promised to sponsor a law requiring booster seats for young children riding in vehicles. He also wants to explore legislation requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods.Experience This will be the fourth run for office for Zimmermann, a journalism teacher at Countryside High School. He touts ideas to reform Florida's homeowners insurance industry and education system, and says Nehr is unfit for office because of his two bankruptcies, among other reasons. Zimmermann captured 48 percent of the vote in 2006 and 49 percent in 2008, both Nehr victories.
University of South Florida, bachelor of science in political scienceEducationBuffalo State College, master's and bachelor's degrees in English education
Reviving the economy and providing high-quality jobs. What would be your top priority in the Legislature?Bringing sense to education reform and assessment tests. Straightening out homeowners insurance.
Provide additional tax incentives to businesses. Add funding to school budgets so existing and incoming employers have a higher caliber of employees to choose from. We need to increase the amount of trade schools.What else can the Legislature do to grow Florida's economy and create jobs?Increase internship opportunities and other incentives with current businesses to hire unemployed workers. Design sectors for certain industries (such as space exploration industries near Cape Canaveral) and support the infrastructure needed to make it attractive, building a highly educated workforce.
I will wait for the task force to complete its work before I make any final decisions. I would like to have all the information needed to make an educated decision and not a knee-jerk reaction.Should "stand your ground" be changed? Repealed?No. While I personally find problems with it, the overwhelming majority support it.
Yes. More money means motivated teachers and better professors in colleges. The problem is finding the money without raising taxes. One possible source would be an Internet sales tax.Should the state be spending more on education? Yes. The No. 1 requirement businesses state they require before relocating is a world-class education system and a highly trained workforce. That doesn't happen by running schools like we're conducting a retail fire sale. It requires a serious investment.
Car, savings, stock investmentsAssetsHome, land, car dealership
NoneLiabilitiesMortgage, business line of credit
$29,151 state representative salary and $13,000 insurance settlement Income$60,464 teacher salary
Divorced with three adult sons PersonalMarried with two adult children, a son and a daughter

About the job: This section of northern Pinellas County includes Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, and was formerly District 48. State representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $29,697 a year.

Florida House District 65: Carl Zimmermann (D), Peter Nehr (R)

For the third time in six years, Peter Nehr and Carl Zimmermann are vying to represent this northern Pinellas County district. Nehr, the three-term incumbent, again has a heavy fundraising advantage, but his previous two races against Zimmermann have been close.

Florida House District 65: Carl Zimmermann (D), Peter Nehr (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 3:15pm]
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