With less than two weeks until the general election, mailboxes in House District 68 will start seeing a trio of prominent Pinellas Republican endorsements for GOP hopeful Bill Young.
Young is locked in a close race with incumbent Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley for the seat covering much of eastern Pinellas County, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.
The three lawmakers — former mayors Rick Baker of St. Petersburg and Bill Mischler of Pinellas Park, and Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni — each praise Young for his commitment to family, values and the community.
As the son of the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young, says Baker, Bill Young has “committed to carry on his father’s legacy of service to the state of Florida and most importantly, to the people of Pinellas County.”
Baker also notes that Young has devoted his life “supporting our veterans, promoting fiscal responsibility, fighting for lower taxes and ensuring an open and honest government.”
Mischler talks about Young — who he says “knows Pinellas County inside out” — and his firm belief in the free market to fight against special interests seeking to raise taxes and increase regulation on business.
“We need representation in Tallahassee that will help our local businesses move forward, not backward,” Mischler says, “and who will ensure we can keep more of what we earn in our own pockets. Bill is a true part of our community.”
Morroni has known the Young family for 30 years, and calls Bill Young a “passionate advocate of our values and will make sure our government is open and accountable to the people of Pinellas.”
Young will fight to make sure residents of Pinellas keep more of the money they have earned, Morroni says, as well as ensure there is a “thriving market for flood insurance.”
“Bill’s highest priority though is to provide quality healthcare, education and job opportunities for our veterans who have given up so much in order for us to live free and safe lives,” he adds. “He will fight to allow Florida inspectors into Veterans Affairs Hospitals to put a stop to the neglect and disservice that has occurred there.”
HD 68 voters will begin receiving flyers with the three endorsements sometime this week.