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District 60 Republican

Published October 21, 2006


Ed Homan

This race is a repeat matchup from 2004, but Democrat Karen Perez has not used the past two years to sharpen her agenda for this district or the state. In fact, incumbent Ed Homan is more moderate on two immediate issues: property taxes and insurance.

Homan, 63, is an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the USF College of Medicine. His moderate views fit this largely suburban north Hillsborough district, which includes Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa and Lutz. Beyond pushing health care initiatives, Homan has supported affordable housing efforts and an array of local bills that reflect his work in the community. He has the right priority doing what he can to help redevelop Temple Terrace's downtown.

Perez, 42, a social worker and therapist, hits her stride criticizing Republican mistakes in health care and education policy. But she seems unaware of the ripple effect many of her policies would have, the biggest being her call to make homeowners' property tax breaks portable. Homan oversimplifies problems sometimes, but he has gotten up to speed the last two years and has a reasonable grasp of the serious issues. This experience gives him the edge. In Florida House District 60, the Times recommends Ed Homan.

[Last modified October 21, 2006, 02:10:10]

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