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By CURTIS KRUEGER
Published November 3, 2004
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ST. PETERSBURG - U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young will return to Congress for his 18th term and a chance to continue as a key player in the federal government's spending plans.
Young, 73, a Republican, held a strong lead over Democratic challenger Bob Derry in the campaign for U.S. House District 10, which includes most of Pinellas County south of Clearwater, plus Dunedin and Palm Harbor.
"Obviously I'm excited about the opportunity to continue to serve not only Pinellas County but our nation," Young said.
Young, who has been chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said he will return to a post chairing a defense appropriations subcommittee early next year. In that position, "I will have a more hands-on job dealing with national security, national defense," he said late Tuesday.
Young said he wants to make a special effort during the next two years to ensure soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are receiving good long-term medical care.
Derry, 68, is a former banker who sold his interest in a financial services firm. He had said that in spite of Young's long tenure in Congress, Florida continues to lag behind other states in federal spending on education and other needs. He also rapped Young for supporting the Bush administration's budgets and tax cuts, which he said have created record federal deficits.
Young has never lost an election and has no plans to retire. He said during the campaign that, "As long as I'm able to do a good job for the county and do good things for my district, I am willing to run again."
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