Foreclosure attorney Matt Weidner files to run against Rep. Jeff Brandes

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In case there was any doubt about House District 52 being the most interesting race in Tampa Bay, foreclosure defense attorney Matt Weidner has filed to run against incumbent Republican Jeff Brandes.  Weidner has received a lot of media attention recently for his perspectives on the foreclosure mess crippling the state, but not much is known about his politics.  He filed to run with no party affiliation.

Here is his bio from his website:

A graduate of the Florida State University and the Florida State University College of Law, Mr. Weidner first served as counsel to several statewide professional organizations before entering private practice in Jacksonville, Florida. A partner in the firm, Weidner, Bowden & Weidner, P.A. his scope of practice included administrative law, civil litigation and real estate litigation and where he represented individuals and corporations in a wide range of complex legal matters. Mr. Weidner was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1999 and is admitted to practice in the Federal Court, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mr. Weidner has been practicing civil litigation since 1999 and has represented clients in foreclosure, consumer and commercial finance transactions and civil litigation since that time.

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