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Pinellas Dist.13 Republicans to pick candidate

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The Republican candidates for the Dist. 13 Congressional seat (left to right): Mark Bircher, Kathleen Peters, David Jolly The Republican candidates for the Dist. 13 Congressional seat (left to right): Mark Bircher, Kathleen Peters, David Jolly
Pinellas Republicans will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a candidate to run for the District 13 Congressional seat left vacant by the late Congressman Bill Young.

They will choose from three candidates on the ballot who have diverse backgrounds and varied political experience.

Mark Bircher is a newcomer to politics.  The Retired Marine Corp. Reserve Brigadier General holds a law degree and presently works as a commercial pilot. He believes the fact that his life experience is outside of Washington, will be a plus for him in voters' eyes.  He also brings an insider's view of the military, which he believes will be an advantage to carry on Congressman Young's legacy with the armed forces. Bircher has financed two-thirds of his own campaign. He resides in Seminole with his wife and young son.

David Jolly was born in Dunedin, the son of an associate pastor at a Baptist Church.  He is an attorney who currently works in finance with a private equity group. Jolly worked for Congressman Young for nearly 20 years. He was part of his congressional staff from 1995 to 2006.  From 2006 to the present, he was Young's personal attorney.

Jolly believes that as a freshman in Washington he will be able to hit the ground running, as he already is familiar with the inner workings of Congress. Jolly is single and resides in Indian Shores.

Kathleen Peters moved to Pinellas County in 1985. She was elected State Representative for District 69, Florida House of Representatives in 2012. Peters worked her way up through local government.  After working for the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce,  she served on South Pasadena's city commission and then was elected Mayor. She has four grown sons and resides with her husband in South Pasadena.

According to the latest Survey USA poll of registered Republicans, Jolly leads with 38%, Peters has 22%, and Bircher has 20%.

Whoever is elected in Tuesday's Primary, will have to face Democrat Alex Sink for the District 13 Congressional seat on March 11th.





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