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Bad day for Ron Saunders, Florida House Dems, Tampa Bay: Rep. Mike Scionti resigning for DoD job; former Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth to pass on H-45

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This is turning out to be a pretty bad day for Rep. Ron Saunders and his Democratic colleagues in the Florida House…

State Representative Michael Scionti will not seek reelection to a third term in the Florida House of Representatives for Legislative District 58 and announces that he has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intergovernmental Affairs and Homeland Defense. Representative Scionti’s resignation takes effect at midnight on December 13, 2009. Representative Scionti has requested that the Speaker of the House maintain the District 58 office, until such time that a special election can be held to finish the current term.

In other Tampa Bay political news, former Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth informed Scott Arceneaux that he will not seek the District 45 seat in the Florida House.

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