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Son of former Hillsborough state senator will seek state House District 47 seat

TAMPA — The son of a longtime Florida lawmaker plans to ring in the new year by making his own run for public office.

Jamie Grant, a Republican and son of former state Sen. John Grant, said he will file Monday to run for the District 47 state House seat.

Grant's entry into the race means five Republicans are vying for the post.

The others are retired Verizon lobbyist Irene Guy; retired human resources executive Tom Aderhold; former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair; and Rich Reidy, legislative aide to county Commissioner Ken Hagan.

Grant, 27, graduated from Stetson law school and works in a firm with his father, brother and another lawyer.

"It's time that some responsible leadership comes back to the district," Grant said.

Grant said he wants to bring conservative principles and fiscal responsibility to Tallahassee.

His father was elected to the Florida House in 1980, before the younger Grant was born. His father stayed there until 1987, when he was elected to the Florida Senate. Term limits forced him out of office in 2000. He then accepted a position in Gov. Jeb Bush's administration, serving as the statewide public guardian.

"I can remember my dad talking to me several times about difficult votes he made, breaking party lines and doing what he thought made sense and not playing the party politics," Grant said. "That's probably what stands out most to me — his principles and willingness to take a tough stand."

Republican Kevin Ambler now holds the District 47 seat, but cannot seek re-election because of term limits. He is running for the state Senate.

Democrats in the race so far are Christopher Mitchell and Michael Steinberg. William Burda, a member of the Independent Party, also is running.

Janet Zink can be reached at jzink@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3401.

Son of former Hillsborough state senator will seek state House District 47 seat 12/30/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:32pm]
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