Bill Young follows his father’s example by handily winning his first campaign for House District 68 with 80 percent of the vote.
Young, son of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young — the Republican who represented Pinellas County for four decades until his passing in October — defeated Joshua Black by a margin of 80 to 20 percent in the GOP primary for the district covering eastern Pinellas County, parts of Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.
Young has proven a perceptive campaigner and effective fundraiser, shown by his overwhelming success .
“I’m honored the Republican voters of District 68 have nominated me to represent them in the general election,” Young said in a statement. “My message of job creation and government accountability has resonated with them, and I look forward to continuing the campaign through the coming months.
“I’m confident our team of supporters and volunteers is ready to hit the ground running tomorrow morning to continue knocking on doors and put us in a position to win in November,” he added.
Armed with a Republican mandate from HD 68 voters, Young now prepares for his next political challenge in November, when Young faces incumbent Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley.
One of the factors in Young’s win in the manner he handled the several gaffes made by his opponent. Black alienated nearly every GOP member in Tampa Bay, and many voters, by tweeting that Barack Obama was “past impeachment” and calling for the President to be arrested and hanged.
The resulting push-back from the Pinellas GOP, including Young and fellow primary winner Chris Latvala, earned him respect from both Republicans and Democrats alike. A class act like that will surely result in a nice payoff at the polls.