Former state Rep. Peter Nehr announced today that he would seek the Pinellas County Commission seat currently held by the retiring Commissioner Susan Latvala.
Nehr served as a Republican from Palm Harbor in the Florida House from 2006 to 2012, until he lost an effort at a fourth term to Democrat Carl “Z” Zimmerman.
This is not the first time Nehr was considering a run for District 4. Last year, he attempted to launch a bid for Latvala’s seat, but withdrew from the race without comment in April. Nehr now becomes the most high-profile candidate in a crowded nine-person field for the North Pinellas seat, which includes Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers and five other Republicans, two Democrats and one without a party affiliation.
Nehr was most recently a Manager-Independent Associate/Small Business Specialist with LegalShield, an Oklahoma-based organization providing legal advice and guidance through a variety of multi-level marketing.
In 2012, Nehr made national headlines for sending shirtless photos of himself to friends, which he said was taken “out of context,” and intended to show the weight he lost during his struggle with diabetes.
According to the post on Nehr’s Facebook page:
After talking to my family and supporters, I have decided to put my name in to run for Pinellas County Commission Dist. 4. It is an open seat and there are already 9 people running for this seat. I believe I can use my 10 years of both State and Local government experience to help the constituents of Pinellas County with the many issues that concern them.
Issues such as the future of transportation, EMS funding, taxes and much more.
It is a long way till November 4 and I am sure I will hear from both my supporters and also those who do not like me. That is the nature of politics.