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District 45: Republican

Published October 21, 2006


Tom Anderson

There couldn't be a greater contrast between the two candidates for House District 45. The Republican incumbent, Tom Anderson of Dunedin, 74, has a long record of public service, a quiet demeanor and an independent streak that helps him resist political pressure and avoid jumping on bandwagons. His Democratic challenger, Chris Hrabovsky of Tarpon Springs, 36, is a first-time candidate given to dramatic oratory whose most visible role has been as an anti-Wal-Mart activist.

With so many tough problems besetting Florida, we prefer Anderson's experience and steady hand. As mayor, he guided the city of Dunedin during one of its most prosperous periods. Since winning the District 45 seat in 2002, he has become known as a legislator who will vote his conscience rather than bowing to pressure from party leaders or interest groups. Just one example: He opposed the Terri Schiavo bill, the only House Republican to do so. He is a fiscal conservative with a moderate stance on issues who understands his district.

In Florida House District 45, the Times recommends Tom Anderson.

[Last modified October 21, 2006, 02:07:15]

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