With Randy Glisson running, chiropractors seek one of their own back in Legislature

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Since at least 1976, when Dennis Jones was first elected to the Florida Legislature, there has been a doctor of chiropractic serving in either the House or Senate. But with Jones’ retirement and Frank Farkas defeat at the polls last year, chiropractors are shut out of the Legislature for the first time in decades.

Randy Glisson hopes to change that. 

Glisson, a doctor of chiropractic, filed paperwork last week to run in 2014 for the District 31 seat in the Florida House. When Glisson filed his candidacy paperwork, it was reported that he was accompanied by his father, Dr. Jim Glisson, who served a decade in the Legislature and later ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor.

Glisson owns Lake Health Care Center, a healthcare center founded by his father in 1963. He previously served on the Florida Hospital Waterman Board Foundation and chaired the Board of Chiropractic Medicine after he was appointed by then-Gov. Bob Martinez.

“As a small business owner, I understand the importance of reducing taxes, cutting government spending, and restricting government regulation,” said Glisson.

The seat Glisson is running for is currently represented by Bryan Nelson, who is term-limited from running again.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.