Clearwater Councilman Hoyt Hamilton endorses Chris Latvala for HD 67

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GOP hopeful Chris Latvala received another significant local endorsement Tuesday, this time from newly elected Clearwater City Councilman Hoyt Hamilton.

Latvala, son of state Sen. Jack Latvala, is running for House District 67, covering parts of Clearwater, Largo and Pinellas Park, currently represented by term-limited GOP Rep. Ed Hooper.

Hamilton, who became councilmember for Clearwater City Seat 5 in the March 11 municipal election, is also co-owner of the Palm Pavilion restaurant and Palm Pavilion Inn on Clearwater Beach.

“Chris has the experience, knowledge and passion to be able to be an effective Representative for District 67 from day one, Hamilton said in a statement.

“From his time working in the Florida Legislature with Representative Hooper, to helping run a small business himself, Chris stands out in the fact that he is able to empathize effectively with the members of his community, which is exactly what is needed in an elected official. He will be able to hit the ground running in helping his community.”

Latvala’s experience includes a three-year stint as Hooper’s legislative aide and a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Pinellas, as well as serving on the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Pinellas MPO, the Government Advocacy Committee for Ruth Eckerd Hall, and the Community Relations Committee for New Life Solutions.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Councilman Hamilton for my campaign for State House.” Latvala responded.

“He is a great leader in our city,” he added. “Being a business owner, he knows the kind of burden that government can have on job creators. His family’s restaurant is a staple on Clearwater Beach, and I look forward to working with him on issues that affect Clearwater as well as how we can get government off the backs of our small business owners. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.”

In endorsing Latvala, Hamilton joins a list of notable Pinellas County leaders, including Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Reps. Ed Hooper and Larry Ahern, the Fraternal Order of Police and Clearwater vice Mayor and City Councilwoman Doreen Hock-Dipolito.


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