Republican County Commissioner Susan Latvala endorses Alex Sink

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Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala announced she will endorse Democrat Alex Sink in the March 11 special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

“I am supporting Alex Sink because Pinellas County needs a voice in Congress who will represent all of the citizens of Pinellas County,” Latvala said in a statement reported Sunday by Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Congressman Bill Young worked with both parties and knew how to get things done. Alex is a moderate who will reach across the aisle and bring Republicans and Democrats together to get things done for us,” Latvala said. “Alex is a problem solver and thoroughly understands the issues facing Pinellas families, and she is best prepared to take our voice to Washington.”

Sink responded Monday in a statement that she is “grateful and humbled by Republican Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala’s endorsement of our campaign.”

“Our message of bringing Republicans and Democrats together to get things done for Pinellas County is resonating across party lines,” she added, “and I look forward to taking the voices of all Pinellas residents to Washington.”

Latvala, who has served as a Republican on the Pinellas County Commissioner since 2000, also endorsed Democrat Rick Kriseman for St. Petersburg mayor last year. Latvala announced in January she will not be seeking re-election in 2014.


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