Key Hillsborough leaders lend their support to John Legg’s State Senate campaign

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Republican Candidate John Legg today announced that several Hillsborough County leaders have endorsed him in his campaign for the newly-drawn Senate District 17 seat.  Representative Dana Young, former Representative Trey Traviesa, local business owner and philanthropist Tom Pepin, and local business owner and education advocate John Kirtley join Speaker Designate Will Weatherford in endorsing Legg.

“This outpour of support is very exciting and I am so grateful to all of these distinguished leaders for their support of my campaign,” said Legg.  “We all want the very best for our local community, and I am prepared to make sure our local families are well taken care of in the Florida Legislature.  We must continue to turn our economy around and create jobs for our residents and all Floridians.”

“I am happy to be supporting John!” said Representative Young.  “Having worked with him in the House, I know that he understands the many issues facing our local communities and will be a strong, conservative voice for District 17 in the Senate.”

“Education has always been important to me and there is no better candidate that can take on this issue in our state capital and fight for higher academic standards for our children,” said former Representative Traviesa. “John has my support, he is the right choice for District 17.”

“As a local business owner, I know the ebbs and flows that our local business community faces every day and the hard work that goes into making sure our businesses stay open,” said Pepin, president of Pepin Distributing Co. and founding philanthropist of the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Pepin Academy. “We need a Republican like John in the Senate that will move our economy forward and make sure our local businesses do not close because of too much red tape.”

“John has been a tireless champion for K12 education reform and parental choice,” said Kirtley, a Tampa businessman and founder and chairman of Step Up for Students.  “We need innovators like him in the Legislature.”

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