Brian Rust looks to succeed Jimmy Patronis in House District 6

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Brian Rust, a former candidate for the Bay County Commission, announced his intention to run for House District 6. The seat is currently held by Jimmy Patronis, who is term-limited from running again in 2014.

Rust has been a registered Republican for just over 20 years and ran in the 2012 election with no party affiliation for the County Commission District 5.

Rust, who has lived in Bay County for just over seven years, is a former full-time broadcaster working in radio and TV both on the air and in programming management. He is self-employed doing voice-over work for radio, television and ad agencies and doing a radio show for an upstate New York radio station that he has done from his home studio for about 13 years.

“After the 2012 election I realized that you have choices to make with your life, and while I had a fantastic career in radio, it is time for me to dedicate my life to serving the people and protecting our way of life and the Constitution and ensuring a strong future for our children. This is why I am running again.”

Rust said he plans to focus on issues ranging from taxes and government spending, to Second Amendment rights, to education reform to the economy and the environment. He said it is important to have the best education system in the country in Florida and will work with teachers, parents and communities to improve the education system.

He said he plans to spend this year working on fundraising and listening to what the people of Bay County have to say and leaving the major campaigning until the summer of 2014 when the election season really starts.

“Jimmy Patronis has done a fantastic job in that position over the past eight years and we need to continue to have a strong presence and leadership in Tallahassee for the future of both Florida and Bay County,” Rust said. “I will be someone that will fight for the people and not the special interests. This is going to be an exciting campaign.”

Material from the News Herald was used in this post.

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