Rep. Dana Young endorses Chris Latvala in HD 67

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Florida House District 67 hopeful Chris Latvala received another substantial GOP endorsement on Tuesday from Representative Dana Young.

Latvala, the son of state Sen. Jack Latvala, seeks to replace term-limited Rep. Ed Hooper for the district covering sections of Clearwater, Largo and Pinellas Park. Young is a two-term Republican currently representing House District 60, which comprises South Hillsborough County and includes downtown Tampa.

“Chris will be an excellent addition to the Florida House of Representatives,” Young said in a statement. “With his experience, knowledge of key issues and his background in small business, Chris has the passion and dedication needed in a public servant, and I believe he will effectively advocate his beliefs and show his passion for the community as our next State Representative in District 67.”

Latvala’s experience includes serving three years as a legislative aide for Hooper, as well as membership in the 2014 Leadership Pinellas class. He currently sits on the Pinellas MPO Citizen Advisory Committee, a board member of the PACE Center for Girls, Ruth Eckerd Hall Government Advocacy Committee and the Community Relations Committee for New Life Solutions.

“I am honored to have Representative Young’s endorsement, Latvala responded. “She epitomizes Conservative leadership within our state, advocating for small businesses, our families and children.”

In supporting Latvala, Young joins other local GOP leaders such as Hooper, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Rep. Larry Ahern, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Florida Professional Firefighters, Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson and Curtis Holmes, Clearwater City Vice-mayor Doreen Hock-Dipolito, Council members Hoyt Hamilton and former member Paul Gibson, as well as former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean.

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