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District 50: Republican

Published October 21, 2006


Ed Hooper

This one is no contest. Republican Ed Hooper is a viable candidate for the Legislature. His Democratic opponent, Candice Jovan, is not.

Jovan, 61, is a Safety Harbor insurance agent. She has no record of public service and little knowledge of the issues facing legislators.

Hooper has a lengthy public service record, did his homework on state issues and has the skills to serve at the state level.

Hooper, 59, worked 28 years as a firefighter, mostly in Clearwater. He was a Clearwater city commissioner from 1996 to 2000 and has held leadership positions with numerous organizations. He now works as a project manager for builders.

Hooper is concerned that the quality of life for many Florida families is declining, and he says he wants to work as a legislator to reverse that trend. He is one of the few candidates talking about the need to bring to Florida better jobs and higher wages that at least reach national averages. He also wants to explore initiatives that could spur construction of affordable housing, such as expanding the state brownfields program in ways that would improve the environment and provide land for affordable housing. On insurance, his ideas include allowing higher deductibles or the purchase of insurance that covers a mortgage only.

Hooper knows what is required of an elected official. He understands the issues. His calm demeanor and thoughtful approach to problems could make him a good member of the Legislature.

In Florida House District 50, the Times recommends Ed Hooper.

[Last modified October 21, 2006, 02:02:53]

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