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State House, District 67 (Democrat)

State House | District 67

Republican state Rep. Ed Hooper is leaving this seat because of term limits and is running for a County Commission seat. Two Republicans and three Democrats are in the race to replace him in the state House of Representatives. The winners will face off in the Nov. 4 general election. Here is a look at the Democrats. Curtis Krueger, Times staff writer

 

Thomas Ryan, 61

 

Dairy employee

Steve Sarnoff, 61

 

City worker, union president

Shawna Vercher,37

 

Media consultant, pundit

Experience Ryan hasn't served on a lot of campaigns, boards or neighborhood groups as candidates often do. But he said his life experience, including helping to raise his kids while in a working-class job, gives him valuable perspective. He pledges to fight for the working man and woman. Steve Sarnoff is a Clearwater city employee who has worked in several departments since 1989, including code enforcement, recreation, traffic engineering and others. He also has worked for Home Depot and HSN and drove a cab in New York City. He also is president of Communications Workers of America Local 3179. Vercher has written for the Huffington Post and been featured as a political analyst on television. She published a book written by a former NBA referee, and then was successfully sued for nonpayment. She filed for bankruptcy, which is pending. She says this is an example of the legal system gone wrong, and has written her own book suggesting legal reforms.
Education Associate of science in construction from Illinois Central College Attended City College of New York's school of engineering Graduated from Florida State University with a management information systems degree
What makes you the best candidate? He would be "a voice for the people who have lived from paycheck to paycheck, and I'd be a voice that wouldn't be shut." "My life experience, my dedication, my education and my passion. I haven't heard any of the two others talk about what they're passionate about." "I'm the only candidate with a business degree and I'm running as a pro-business progressive."
Greenlight Pinellas Will vote yes. Has had local neighbors "who depend on mass transit and they had real struggles with it... I don't like the penny sales tax but we really need the transit system." "I am a strong supporter of Greenlight Pinellas because we have to have an integrated transit system to attract more businesses, visitors and future residents to Pinellas County." Will vote yes. "We are a densely populated county that desperately needs reliable transportation," to help the environment, and employers.
Medical marijuana Will vote yes. When his brother was dying of diabetes, marijuana was the only thing that gave him relief. "It changed my opinion." Will vote yes. Writing rules to implement it could be challenging, but other states' experience could be used as a guide. Will vote yes, but says there will be challenges in implementation if the ballot measure passes.
Other issues Would like to explore a law saying noncustodial parents should not have to pay so much child support that their income dips below minimum wage. Education is the top issue and should be "fully funded by whatever means necessary." If schools are privatized they must be "held to the same exact standards as the public schools are." On legal measures, she advocates: Expanding the use of small claims court; containing frivolous lawsuits; improving police interrogation methods; and other changes.
Income, assets Income from the dairy. Assets: house, cars Income from city of Clearwater. Assets: house, cars No income listed. Assets: house, bank account
Liabilities Mortgage, loan, credit card Mortgage $1.9 million court judgment against her, Wells Fargo Bank, American Education Services, E-trade
Personal Divorced with five adult children, lives in Clearwater Married with two daughters, lives in Clearwater Married with one daughter, lives in Clearwater
Website im4tom.com votesarnoff.com electshawna.com
Email Through the website steve@votesarnoff.com electshawna@gmail.com
Thomas Ryan, 61

 

Dairy employee

Steve Sarnoff, 61

 

City worker, union president

Shawna Vercher,37

 

Media consultant, pundit

Experience Ryan hasn't served on a lot of campaigns, boards or neighborhood groups as candidates often do. But he said his life experience, including helping to raise his kids while in a working-class job, gives him valuable perspective. He pledges to fight for the working man and woman. Steve Sarnoff is a Clearwater city employee who has worked in several departments since 1989, including code enforcement, recreation, traffic engineering and others. He also has worked for Home Depot and HSN and drove a cab in New York City. He also is president of Communications Workers of America Local 3179. Vercher has written for the Huffington Post and been featured as a political analyst on television. She published a book written by a former NBA referee, and then was successfully sued for nonpayment. She filed for bankruptcy, which is pending. She says this is an example of the legal system gone wrong, and has written her own book suggesting legal reforms.
Education Associate of science in construction from Illinois Central College Attended City College of New York's school of engineering Graduated from Florida State University with a management information systems degree
What makes you the best candidate? He would be "a voice for the people who have lived from paycheck to paycheck, and I'd be a voice that wouldn't be shut." "My life experience, my dedication, my education and my passion. I haven't heard any of the two others talk about what they're passionate about." "I'm the only candidate with a business degree and I'm running as a pro-business progressive."
Greenlight Pinellas Will vote yes. Has had local neighbors "who depend on mass transit and they had real struggles with it... I don't like the penny sales tax but we really need the transit system." "I am a strong supporter of Greenlight Pinellas because we have to have an integrated transit system to attract more businesses, visitors and future residents to Pinellas County." Will vote yes. "We are a densely populated county that desperately needs reliable transportation," to help the environment, and employers.
Medical marijuana Will vote yes. When his brother was dying of diabetes, marijuana was the only thing that gave him relief. "It changed my opinion." Will vote yes. Writing rules to implement it could be challenging, but other states' experience could be used as a guide. Will vote yes, but says there will be challenges in implementation if the ballot measure passes.
Other issues Would like to explore a law saying noncustodial parents should not have to pay so much child support that their income dips below minimum wage. Education is the top issue and should be "fully funded by whatever means necessary." If schools are privatized they must be "held to the same exact standards as the public schools are." On legal measures, she advocates: Expanding the use of small claims court; containing frivolous lawsuits; improving police interrogation methods; and other changes.
Income, assets Income from the dairy. Assets: house, cars Income from city of Clearwater. Assets: house, cars No income listed. Assets: house, bank account
Liabilities Mortgage, loan, credit card Mortgage $1.9 million court judgment against her, Wells Fargo Bank, American Education Services, E-trade
Personal Divorced with five adult children, lives in Clearwater Married with two daughters, lives in Clearwater Married with one daughter, lives in Clearwater
Website im4tom.com votesarnoff.com electshawna.com
Email Through the website steve@votesarnoff.com electshawna@gmail.com

 

About the job: House District 67 includes most of Clearwater and Largo except for the westernmost areas. State representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $29,697 a year.

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