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Candidate pulls out of commission race

By ALISA ULFERTS

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 1, 2000


NEW PORT RICHEY -- He had only been in the race for a month, and then it was just "for discussion purposes."

But on Friday, New Port Richey City Council member Tom Finn officially pulled out of the race for County Commission District 5.

"Having entered this race out of concern about the lack of prevalent issues being highlighted, I am saddened by my failure to affect the situation," Finn wrote.

Finn, 44, added that he still will work as a council member to bring about the kind of change he would like to see in the county.

"My council position along with being our designated Metropolitan Planning Organization representative provide the valuable opportunity to work with the county commissioners on a first-name basis . . ." to lobby for their support in promoting redevelopment and opposing urban sprawl, Finn continued.

Finn, who owns a neon sign business, said last month he was asked to run by members of the Pasco Republican Party, but he declined to name them. Yet in his resignation letter, he said he was disappointed at the party's apparent failure to embrace his or any Republican's campaign.

Had he stayed in the race, Finn would have competed in a September primary against three other Republicans: Jack Armstrong, William Faulkner and Edmund Poulin. The winner will then compete against the victor from the Democratic primary and an independent candidate in November.

David H. "Hap" Clark, a Democrat, currently represents District 5.

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