Term-limited, Larry Ahern files to run for Pinellas County Commission - SaintPetersBlog

Term-limited, Larry Ahern files to run for Pinellas County Commission

Larry Ahern has one more year left before he’s term limited out of his District 66 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, but he’s already thinking about the future.

The Seminole Republican filed to run for the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission which is being vacated next year with the announced retirement of longtime incumbent John Morroni.

Ahern has lived in Pinellas County since 1978, where he started his own swimming pool service and retail business, which grew to 20 employees and 600 clients over 25 years.

He’s served in public office since 2010, when he first won election to the HD 66 seat, which encompasses Northern Pinellas, specifically Clearwater, Largo, Seminole and Belleair.

Among the bills he’s sponsoring in the House this session (with Deltona Republican David Santiago HB 205) one would allow police officers the discretion to decide when offering a first time juvenile offender a civil citation is appropriate. That’s a distinction from the Senate companion by Miami Republican Anitere Flores (SB 196), which would mandate that law enforcement offer civil citations to juveniles guilty of a variety of 11 first-time misdemeanors.

Morroni announced last month that he would not run for re-election in 2018. He’s represented the residents of District 6 in Pinellas County since 2000.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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