Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former lawmaker Charlie Justice seeks to oust Pinellas Commissioner Nancy Bostock

Former state Sen. Charlie Justice launched a bid Thursday to unseat Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock.

Justice, a Democrat from St. Petersburg, cited Bostock's vote to end fluoridation of drinking water and the county's fights with cities over EMS funding after filing paperwork to run Thursday.

Bostock, a first-term Republican from Treasure Island, voted with the majority in last year's contentious 4-3 commission votes to stop adding fluoride to water. Fluoridation is a practice endorsed by many medical experts, but assailed by critics, including local tea party activists.

"We have seen Washington and Tallahassee gridlocked by ideological battles. I don't want Pinellas to fall prey to the same partisan politics," said Justice, 43, calling his style "principled but pragmatic."

Bostock, 43, has cited people's right to make their own decisions on fluoride and concerns of over-exposure to infants. "It's been coming and I'm not the least surprised. I've just been getting my campaign off the ground," Bostock said of her preparations to seek a second term. She noted some of her "strong opinions" on EMS didn't align with other county leaders.

Justice served three terms in the Florida House and one in the Senate. But he lost badly in 2010 to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores.

The contest is for the District 3 at-large seat, a countywide campaign. That means Justice will have to campaign in Republican-dominated north Pinellas neighborhoods. He has not been on the ballot in most of them.

."We were in possibly the worst political environment for a person in my party in modern history," Justice said of the 2010 race and his commission bid

Justice is an administrator at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Former lawmaker Charlie Justice seeks to oust Pinellas Commissioner Nancy Bostock 03/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 10:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Sharknado' coming to Tampa Theatre with director Q&A


    A movie about a tornado filled with man-eating sharks has to be better on the big screen, right? You'll have a chance to find out for yourself when the Syfy network's original Sharknado screens at Tampa Theatre.

    The original 'Sharknado,' which premiered in 2013, will screen at Tampa Theatre.
  2. Tim Tebow back to Sunshine State with promotion to St. Lucie


    Tim Tebow is coming back to the Sunshine State.

    The former Heisman Trophy winner and fan favorite, who helped the Gators to football national championships in 2006 and 2008 and is now trying his hand at minor-league baseball, has been promoted the Florida State League.

    Tebow, 29, will play next for …

    Former Gators QB Tim Tebow was in Tampa in 2013 for a joint practice with the Bucs when he was with the New England Patriots. Now playing minor-league baseball, he should be back in Tampa Bay in August when the St. Lucie Mets play in Tampa and Clearwater.
  3. Coast Guard airlifts man from fishing boat in Gulf of Mexico

    Public Safety

    A 27-year-old man was evacuated from a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter Saturday night, authorities said.

  4. Trump: Not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul


    WASHINGTON — Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare." Expressing frustration, he complained about "the level of hostility" in government and wondered why both parties can't work …

    President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) DCEV208
  5. Erin Andrews, ex-NHL player Jarret Stoll marry in Montana


    NEW YORK — Sportscaster Erin Andrews and former NHL player Jarret Stoll have tied the knot.

    FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, left, speaks with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta. Jennifer Allen, a publicist for Andrews, confirms Sunday, June 25, 2017, that the 38-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and ???‚??“Dancing with the Stars???‚?? co-host married the 35-year-old Stoll over the weekend.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) NYSP103