Ed Gray enters race for Ford’s House District 2 seat

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Ed Gray, a well-known Gulf Breeze financier, announced over the weekend that he intends to run for House District 2, the seat held by Representative Clay Ford until his death from cancer on Monday.

Gray, 61 and a Republican, said he will bring leadership and experience to the race that he has not yet seen in the other potential candidates.

“I’m not saying I’m the best person,” Gray said, “but I think I can be better than the names we’ve seen so far in print.”

(But what about the names we’re seen online, Mr. Gray?)

Others thinking about entering the race are Lois Benson; Pensacola City Councilman Larry Johnson; Mike Hill, chairman of the Northwest Florida Tea Party; and attorney Frank White.

Gray was a Gulf Breeze City Council member from 1980-84, Gulf Breeze mayor from 1984-92 and a Santa Rosa County School Board member from 2002-10. Today, he’s the executive director of Gulf Breeze Financial Services and the Capital Trust Agency. 

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