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District 61 Republican

Published October 21, 2006


Will Weatherford

You can't blame voters in House District 61 if they are confused. The race features a Republican candidate, Will Weatherford, whose name is not on the ballot. The Democratic candidate, Donovan Brown, 26, is a substitute teacher who interrupted his campaign after being committed to a mental institution under the Baker Act.

People who want to vote for Weatherford will have to select Ken Littlefield, the Republican four-term incumbent. Littlefield's name is on the ballot, but he is not seeking re-election after being appointed to the Public Service Commission in September.

Weatherford, 26, is the only legitimate candidate. A former aide to and the son-in-law of departing House Speaker Allan Bense, he is familiar with the legislative process and should be able to quickly navigate the traditional freshman learning curve. He is an unapologetic cheerleader for Gov. Jeb Bush, but he is astute enough to recognize good ideas come from both sides of the political aisle.

His enthusiasm and high energy level will be welcome in this district, which includes most of central and east Pasco and five precincts in northern Hillsborough. In Florida House District 61, the Times recommends Will Weatherford.

[Last modified October 21, 2006, 02:10:34]

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