Pinellas County leaders to head Ed Hooper fundraiser

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Several top names in Pinellas County politics will gather June 24 to support Republican Rep. Ed Hooper in his bid for the District 2 seat on the County Commission.

The fundraiser is at the Island Way Grill in Clearwater June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hooper, 65, currently represents District 67 in the Florida House and faces term limits, which prevent him from running for re-election.

In January, the former Clearwater city commissioner and retired firefighter announced that he would challenge Republican incumbent Norm Roche for the District 2 seat in Nov. 2014. Hooper says he made the decision after tea party conservative Roche voted in 2011 against adding fluoride to the Pinellas County water supply.

Hooper felt that the vote went against the wishes of most area residents.

“It’s not necessarily about what you like, or you don’t like. You’re there to represent the majority,” Hooper told the Tampa Bay Times.

The host committee for the event includes a long list of local luminaries and friends of Hooper:

  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
  • Sen. Jack Latvala
  • Council Member Doreen DiPolito
  • Council Member Jay Polglaze
  • Hon. Jim Coats
  • Hon. Jay Beyrouti
  • Hon. Frank Hibbard
  • Hon. Brian and Karen Aungst
  • Brian Aungst Jr.
  • David Brandon
  • Joe Burdette
  • Frank Chivas
  • Frank Dame
  • Ed Droste
  • Hoyt Hamilton
  • Chris Latvala
  • Judy Mitchell
  • Dan and Shirley Moran
  • Ann Ferrentino

Island Way Grill is located at 20 Island Way at the Village on Island Estates. Supporters can RSVP by emailing  or call 727-545-9566.

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