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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

USF St. Petersburg CEO Bill Heller Jumps in HD 52 Race

After several weeks of rumors, Bill Heller (see photo) has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for House District 52 in St. Petersburg. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Frank Farkas, who is running to succeed Jim Sebesta in the state senate. The seat is considered highly competitive. George Bush won it with 52% of the vote, but Betty Castor won it with 55%.

Bill Heller, who, as CEO, led the University of South Florida St. Petersburg through a massive expansion, is known for his bipartisan politics - having supported and donated to candidates of both parties. Heller was named USF St. Petersburg's dean in 1992, and in 10 years oversaw an enrollment boom and massive expansion into the downtown while championing movements toward campus independence.

He will face 2004 nominee Liz McCallum in the primary. He has already earned the endorsement of popular state representative and candidate for the state senate, Charlie Justice. Rep. Justice is an academic adviser at USF St. Pete.

2 Comments:

At 5/31/2006 04:07:00 PM, Blogger jen said...

Hi. Sorry to comment about something off topic, but I wanted you to know that I just posted about the Bilirakis NEA endorsement on The Buzz string. Bottom line, its a primary endorsement. Again, sorry to go off topic. BTW, I love your posts.

 
At 5/31/2006 11:56:00 PM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

Thank you for the compliment.

So the question is, what will the NEA do in the general?

The DCCC has targeted this as a potential dark horse pickup if the anti-GOP wave is big enough.

 

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