Former Dunedin Mayor and successful small businessman Bob Hackworth will seek the District 4 seat of the Pinellas County Commission currently held by Susan Latvala. Hackworth will formally announce his campaign in a speech at the Pinellas Democratic Party’s Kennedy King Dinner on Saturday. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Hilton Carillon at 950 Lake Carillon Dive in St. Petersburg.
One of the final factors in his decision, Hackworth said, was the resignation speech of Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, who said: “There is much too much partisanship and not enough progress, too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem solving. Even at a time of enormous challenge, the people’s business is not getting done.”
But unlike Bayh, who resigned, Hackworth is charging forward with a mission of reform. Hackworth said: “The people’s business is not being done in Pinellas, either. My response to that is to run a campaign that puts message in front of money: Social progress, practical problem solving, and leadership for a brighter and more secure economic future.”
“That is why my campaign theme is A Promise to Pinellas (the campaign’s website address is www.APromiseForPinellas.com) and it about being a citizen legislator beholden to no one. That’s why I will limit contributions to my campaign to $100 and only from individuals – not businesses, corporations or from those with business before the County Commission. I believe that type of influence goes to the heart of why our County government does not work better for its citizens.”
Hackworth said he is also committed to serving two-terms, “as the voters intended and which the incumbent agreed to when she first ran, but has now conveniently decided to ignore. This is not a job; it’s an opportunity for public service.”