With redistricting creating a brand-new state Senate seat that resembles her Hillsborough County House District 60 seat, the House Majority Leader has chosen to bypass re-election this fall and run in Senate District 18, becoming the first person from either party to do so.
A self-described “hard-core conservative Republican,” Young was no shoo-in when running for the HD 60 seat in 2010. But since vanquishing Democrat Stacey Frank in 2010, she’s coasted to re-election victories without the Hillsborough Democrats even nominating any competition.
Young placed seventh in last year’s survey.
For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel that assembled it, please read here.