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District 62 Republican

Published October 21, 2006


Richard Glorioso

Richard Glorioso did not distinguish himself in his first term as anything but a reliable vote for business and the Republican leadership. But the Plant City Republican knows his community. He is accessible and works well with local leaders, and his background in transportation and growth management is a plus in the Legislature.

Glorioso, 62, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, served on the City Commission in Plant City before winning the state House seat. His years on local transit and planning boards should make him supportive of state and local efforts to manage growth. But this race is little more than a choice between a known entity and a newcomer with no clear political platform.

Jeremy Zelanes, a 25-year-old Democrat who moved to Tampa in 2003, talks about investing in small businesses, giving employers incentives to purchase group health insurance and preparing students "for the 21st century work force." These are not new ideas, and how he would achieve them is unclear. Glorioso's strong ties in the district, which includes Plant City, Dover and Valrico in east Hillsborough and a portion of southeastern Pasco, better prepare him to effectively represent his constituents in Tallahassee.

In Florida House District 62, the Times recommends Richard Glorioso.

[Last modified October 21, 2006, 02:12:21]

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