District 9 A Real Contest
The power of incumbency is particularly potent in Congress, where the overwhelming majority of lawmakers usually face tepid opposition.
Local Democrats are seeing a crack in that wall: District 9, where first-time incumbent Gus Bilirakis is being eyed by a trio of opportunistic Democrats.
They're William D. 'Bill' Mitchell, a former submarine officer from Tampa, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks and Anita de Palma, a community activist from Clearwater.
District 9 is a long, narrow swath of territory stretching from the Pasco-Hernando county line to eastern Hillsborough. It hugs the coast from Clearwater to Aripeka and includes parts of New Tampa.
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