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13th U.S. Congressional District

A four-term Republican incumbent faces a challenge from a Democrat campaigning on a shoestring budget.

By LINDA GIBSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000


Daniel Dunn, a political newcomer, hopes to unseat four-term incumbent Dan Miller in the race for U.S. House District 13.

Dunn, 44, supervises disaster services and feeding programs for the homeless for the Sarasota office of the Salvation Army. Based largely on that experience, his priorities if elected would be to help develop a prescription drug plan for Medicare, put more money into Head Start and shore up Social Security.

"We're not all born on a level playing field," he said.

Dunn is a Democrat. He's running his campaign on a shoestring budget, depending mostly on a door-to-door walking tour through the district.

Miller, 58, was first elected in 1992. Because of his commitment to term limits, he has declared that this would be his final term.

A Republican and self-described fiscal conservative, Miller is known for his efforts to shrink the size of the federal government and to end what he views as corporate welfare. In the latter area, he has been especially active in trying to end the $1.2-billion in federal support to sugar growers, which he says also contributes to the destruction of the Everglades.

Two write-in candidates, Gary Harrison and Frank Vecchio, are also in the race.

THE JOB

U.S. House District 13 includes Sun City, Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, part of Apollo Beach and parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties. A map of congressional districts on Hillsborough County appears on Page 8. Representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $141,300 a year.

REPUBLICAN

DAN MILLER, 58, graduated from Manatee High School and the University of Florida. He earned degrees in business, marketing and statistics from Emory University and Louisiana State University. He and his wife have two children. They live in Bradenton. ASSETS: stocks, real estate, mutual funds. LIABILITIES: business loan. SOURCE OF INCOME: salary, dividends, rent, interest. WEB SITE: http://www.danmiller2000. com.

DEMOCRAT

DAN DUNN, 44, of Venice, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a major in American studies. He serves on the boards of an AIDS outreach program and a coalition for the homeless, both in Sarasota counties. He is married and has a daughter. ASSETS: house, IRA, pension plan. LIABILITIES: mortgage, car loan. SOURCE OF INCOME: salary. WEB SITE: http://www.geocities.com/ gulfcoast_2000/Dunn/main.html.

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