Young's Seat the Focus


Three Democrats, two of them newly minted, are vying for the chance to take on one of Florida's longest serving members of Congress, Republican Bill Young of Indian Shores. The candidates met recently at a Tiger Bay forum in Feather Sound.

Bob Hackworth is the Mayor of Dunedin, a non-partisan office. But, he's a former registered Republican. He says he declared to run as a Democrat because he rejects current Republican policies such as support for the Iraq War. His hope is to become a 'citizen legislator' like those envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

Max Linn is a retired financial consultant. His political experience includes a run for governor in 2006 as the Reform Party nominee. He also spearheaded the 'Eight is Enough' term limits campaign. Linn says Congress is at the root of many current problems such as the real estate crisis. He adds the only way to change Congress is by changing your congressman.

Samm Simpson's political experience is her 2006 run against Congressman Bill Young. She was defeated by the incumbent receiving 34 percent of vote. Simpson worked at Raymond James for 17 years and currently hosts a local cable show. She says the biggest problem in Washington is the pending economic crisis of providing benefits for retiring baby boomers.

The three candidates will appear Tuesday's Democratic Primary ballot in Pinellas County for Congressional District 10.

To hear the opening remarks of candidate Bob Hackworth click here.

To hear the opening remarks of candidate Max Linn click here..

To hear the opening remarks of candidate Samm Simpson click here.

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