Clearwater council member Paul Gibson endorses HD 67 hopeful Chris Latvala

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House District 67 GOP candidate Chris Latvala received a key endorsement today from former Clearwater City Councilman Paul Gibson.

Latvala, son of state Senator Jack Latvala is running to replace term-limited Rep. Ed Hooper for the seat that covers parts of Clearwater, Largo and Pinellas Park.

Gibson served in the Clearwater City Council from 2007 to March 2014.

“Chris spent 3 years serving as Florida House Representative Ed Hooper’s Legislative Aide.  He has the experience to be an effective Representative from day one,” Gibson said in a statement issued Friday. “And he will be a public servant that represents all of Clearwater and will put our interests ahead of special interests.”

Latvala served in the 2014 Leadership Pinellas class, and currently sits on the Pinellas MPO Citizen Advisory Committee, as a board member of the PACE Center for Girls the Ruth Eckerd Hall Government Advocacy Committee and the Community Relations Committee for New Life Solutions.

“Paul Gibson was a leader in Clearwater before, during, and after his service on the Clearwater City Council,” Latvala responded. “I am honored to have his support and look forward to working with him as the next State Representative in House District 67.”

With his endorsement of Latvala, Gibson joins Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Reps. Ed Hooper and Larry Ahern, the Fraternal Order of Police, City Council Members Doreen Hock-Dipolito and Hoyt Hamilton, and former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean.

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