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FLORIDA HOUSE: DISTRICT 48

...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Florida House | District 48 Incumbent Peter Nehr of Tarpon Springs is trying to hold on to a seat that he barely snagged in the last election. A Republican, Nehr defeated Carl Zimmermann, a Palm Harbor Democrat, by fewer than 1,500 votes. The two candidates face off again as Nehr seeks a second term.

Peter Nehr, Tarpon Springs R Carl "Z" Zimmermann, Palm Harbor D
Nehr, 56, is a Tarpon Springs small-business owner, having opened American Spirit Flag Shop in 1993. An immigrant from Austria, he was a Tarpon Springs commissioner before being elected to the Legislature. Experience A high school journalism teacher at Countryside High School since 1985, Zimmermann is making his third bid for public office. Zimmermann, 57, was awarded the 2003 state journalism teacher of the year award. He also owns ZÍs Cars, a used car business.
BachelorÍs degree, summa cum laude, from the University of South Florida. Education BachelorÍs and masterÍs degrees, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Supports drilling 100-plus miles offshore if it is part of a comprehensive, environmentally sensitive energy package that includes exploration and funding of nuclear energy, solar energy, wind, biofuels, ethanol and hydroelectric. Also cites need to educate public on how to save energy: carpooling, raising the thermostat and better planning of daily trips. Offshore oil drilling Supports the 2006 law banning drilling less than 125 miles off FloridaÍs west coast. DoesnÍt support drilling closer. Says if Congress passes a bill that allows closer drilling, Florida should demand passage of a national catastrophic fund and other compensation.
Supports raising taxes on cigarettes and allowing more gambling at existing gaming sites. Believes Florida loses much revenue because people travel elsewhere to gamble. How to respond to state budget crisis Believes the state should consider special tax option to help the real estate market, which he believes Amendment 1 didnÍt adequately address. That would help the stateÍs revenue problems. Believes agency consolidation may be in order.
Applauds the recent creation of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority because a master plan can now be developed and implemented concerning buses, rail and roads. Transportation Supports creating a mass rail system for the Tampa Bay region, not a county-based transportation system.
Home, business, car Assets Home, retirement account, business, land
Mortgage; currently is being sued by banks for nonpayment of loans Liabilities Mortgage, line of credit
$216,560 Net worth $103,000
Business income, legislative salary Income Teacher salary
Nehr has been married to Anita since 1990 and has three sons. Personal Zimmermann has been married to Terry Ann since 1983 and has a son and a daughter
www.votepeternehr.com Web site www.carlzimmermann.com
votepeternehr@verizon.net E-mail carlzimmermann@yahoo.com
About the job: District 48 covers parts of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, East Lake, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Clearwater in northern Pinellas County and part of Holiday in Pasco County. State representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $30,366.

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