As has long been expected, the son of the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young will run for a state House seat this November, challenging a Democrat in a swing district.
Bill Young II, 29, the first child from the former congressman's second marriage, has been talking about running in District 68 for a year. But his father's sudden death at age 82 last October delayed his announcement, he said on Monday.
Now the son says he's prepared to assume his father's mantle. He is the same age his father was when, in 1960, he became the only Republican in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
"I've watched my dad help so many people over the years and I know what it takes to be that kind of leader," he said.
District 68, which includes most of St. Petersburg and some of Pinellas Park, leans Democratic and is represented by Dwight Dudley, a Democrat who was elected to his first term in 2012. Before that, the seat was held by current state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican.
In the primary, Young will face Josh Black, a taxi driver and Republican candidate who came to national attention earlier this year for saying that President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.
Young has never held elected office before, but he was raised in political circles and has volunteered on campaigns and worked as a legislative intern.
He is now in charge of business development for the National Forensic Science Technology Center.
He lives in Pinellas Park with his wife and two sons.