Senate leaders endorse Dana Young for SD 18
Tampa state Rep. Dana Young


A group of Florida Senate Republicans, including two future presidents of that chamber, on Tuesday endorsed state Rep. Dana Young‘s run for an open Tampa seat, according to a news release.

Young, the outgoing House Republican leader, was endorsed by Senate President-designate Joe Negron of Stuart, Senate Republican Leader Bill Galvano of Bradenton (expected to succeed Negron as president), Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater (slated to become Appropriations chairman under Negron), Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto of Fort Myers, Sen. Anitere Flores of Miami, and Sen. Wilton Simpson of Trilby.

Young “is a hard-working, principled leader who in the Florida House fought tirelessly against big government policies that hinder our small business and economy,” Negron said in a prepared statement. “She will be a great addition to the Florida Senate.”

Added Latvala: “It’s been a pleasure having Dana Young as a partner in the Florida House to stand up for the Tampa Bay area. It will be even better having her in the Senate: She’s tenacious, committed and always puts her constituents first.”

Young is running unopposed for Hillsborough County’s Senate District 18, which includes Avila, Carrollwood, Davis Islands, Lutz, MacDill Air Force Base, Odessa, South Tampa and Westchase.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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