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Politics

Anderson holds large lead in re-election bid

By JOSE CARDENAS
Published November 8, 2006


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With most votes counted, Republican Tom Anderson had a comfortable lead over Democrat Chris Hrabovsky.

Anderson defeated Hrabovsky about 56 percent to 44 percent in Pasco. In Pinellas, where nearly all precincts had been counted, he led by a wider margin.

“What I … pledge myself to do is to do my very best in Tallahassee, to do what I believe is the right thing, even if it may not be politically correct,” said Anderson, who broke ranks with Gov. Jeb Bush and most of his party to vote against a bill that called for reinserting a feeding tube into Terri Schiavo.

Anderson, 74, a former mayor of Dunedin, was first elected to the state House in 2002.

“He did a lot for Dunedin, and I like him a lot,” said voter Monica Wrobel, 24, a library clerk. “He’s the only Republican I voted for.”

“He pretty much does the right thing,” added Dunedin resident Rick Gillmore, 55, who is retired from advertising.
Anderson has vowed to sponsor a bill to provide grants of up to $1,000 to low- and moderate-income homeowners hit with hefty property insurance hikes.

Anderson said he would also promote expanding a program  that gives financial help to homeowners for  strengthening their homes against hurricanes.

Hrabovsky, 36, is an environmentalist who said he decided to run for public office after Tarpon Springs city commissioners voted in favor of a Wal-Mart superstore despite local opposition from residents. A political novice, he raised $6,370 to Anderson’s $88,693.

Hrabovsky had vowed to promote legislation to allow all citizen to vote on whether big stores are built in their communities.

[Last modified November 8, 2006, 06:24:57]


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