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District 58 Democrat

Published October 21, 2006


Michael Scionti

The choice here is an easy one, and not only because Michael Scionti is continuing a family history of activism in West Tampa.

Scionti's rounded life experience uniquely qualifies him to represent this middle-class Latino district. The 38-year-old attorney is a former social worker and prosecutor and U.S. Army veteran of Iraq. "The one thing each of these experiences share in common is that I was able to serve and assist my community one family at a time," Scionti said. He is thoughtful and mature, and he has a balanced agenda. Scionti wants to improve community-based social services, especially for non-English speaking residents, and do a better job attracting quality employers. He recognizes the need for incentives to draw property insurers to Florida. Scionti also has an independent streak that makes him appealing across partisan lines.

His opponent, Alfred Ruiz, a 60-year-old real estate broker, parrots the conservative Republican laments about regulations and taxes. He wants to privatize more government services and require state inspectors to replace fines with warnings and "suggestions to corporations for improving (the) bottom line." These bad ideas betray a lack of preparation.

In Florida House District 58, the Times recommends Michael Scionti.

[Last modified October 21, 2006, 02:13:38]

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