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Published Jul. 6, 2006

The idea came to John Forsythe as he tried to install a new bathroom in his auto-supply business.

"All I wanted to do was put in two walls and a toilet," he said, "but I'll tell you, it took 23 official signatures to get it done. The zoning board gave me so much garbage, I said, "To heck with it. I'll get involved in politics.' "

The Republican filed papers this month announcing his candidacy for the supervisor of elections seat that has been held by Democrat Kurt Browning since 1980.

Forsythe is the second candidate ever to runagainst Browning.

Forsythe owns Wholesale Express South, an automotive supply warehouse, and has never held or run for Pasco political office. He lost a race for Sewer Board in Bremen, Ind., before moving to Florida more than four years ago.

Forsythe, 47, said he would not yet reveal his campaign strategy or plans for the elections office. "I kind of have a strategy, but I just don't have anything written up yet," he said.

For that matter, Forsythe said he would not speak of Browning just yet, either. "I fully expect to win," he said. ". . . It doesn't worry me to run against a longtime incumbent. I'm not afraid of" Browning.

Forsythe, a graduate of the United Electronics Institute in Tampa, is divorced and lives in Hudson.