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Former state Rep. Bill Galvano is running to return to Tallahassee in the newly drawn district against Paula House, a former leader of the Highlands County Democrats, attorney and active Everglades conservation advocate. Robbyn Mitchell, Times staff writer

Bill Galvano, 46


Paula House, 62


Galvano served four terms in the state House as a representative of District 68. During his tenure, which began in 2002, he served on many committees, including the Rules and Calendar Council, the Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review and the Select Committee on Standards of Professional Conduct.Experience House has served as a public school teacher, prosecutor for the state attorney's office, president of the Highlands County Democratic Party and now works as an attorney and mediator in Lake Placid. Three generations of her family have lived and worked in Florida and worked to protect the water resources of South Florida.
Law degree from the University of Miami School of Law; bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.EducationLaw degree from the University of Maine School of Law; bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois
Transportation infrastructure. When I was on the board at Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, we found the region has assets that are not coordinated like the (Port of Tampa) and Manatee County port. They need to complement each other. What is a problem unique to your district and the possible solution?The failure of the housing market to rebound is a real stubborn problem out here. Creating a better job creation plan would help because when the jobs come back, people will able to buy homes again.
I don't have a key piece of legislation in the queue. I want to be more deliberate about that, seeing what the needs are and not just file a piece of legislation prepared by the lobbyists.What key legislation would you try to get passed once in office?The protection of our land and water resources is absolutely critical. There are ways to get water to our coastal counties without overusing our water resources.
I have lived in the district for 43 years. I graduated from high school in the district. I own a business in the district and my three children attend school here. So I'm familiar with the people and I also chaired the bay area legislative delegation when I served in the state House of Representatives. What makes you the most qualified candidate for the job?I have a great wealth of real-life experience in government working for the state Department of Education and the State Attorney's Office. I have been a schoolteacher, so I can take that perspective to Tallahassee to help enact policies that help improve schools.
Abraham Lincoln. It was Lincoln who made me start to think about government. He believed in a simple, workable role of government and to (help) those who can't do for themselves.Who is your political role model? Why?Bob Graham, because he was a leader who could change his mind. He ultimately made the decision that the environment was the centerpiece of Florida and that it should be protected for the future.
Married for 19 years to Julie Anne; father of Michael, William and JacquelinePersonalA widow; mother of Daniel and William; one grandchild
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About the job: Florida Senate District 26 serves 470,000 residents of southern Hillsborough, Hardee, Manatee, DeSoto, Glades, northeastern Charlotte and southern Highlands counties. State senators serve four-year terms and are paid $29, 687 a year.

Florida Senate District 26: Bill Galvano (R), Paula House (D)

Former state Rep. Bill Galvano is running to return to Tallahassee in the newly drawn district against Paula House, a former leader of the Highlands County Democrats, attorney and active Everglades conservation advocate.

Florida Senate District 26: Bill Galvano (R), Paula House (D) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:58pm]
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