Florida: Brown-Waite, Young Run for Re-Election

Posted February 22, 2010 at 6:41pm

Two Florida incumbents announced they’ll be on the ballot in 2010.

Rep. Bill Young, 79, is running for a 21st term.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) was on hand for Young’s announcement Saturday at the Pinellas Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner.

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite is running for re-election and planning a wedding at the same time.

The Florida Republican announced Friday that she is getting married in the next few months.

The marriage will be Brown-Waite’s second. The Congresswoman lost her first husband, Harvey, to pancreatic cancer in 2008. The two had been married 30 years.

Brown-Waite is engaged to businessman Anthony Selvaggio.

As she runs for a fifth term in the House, Brown-Waite is facing a primary challenge from little-known engineer and “tea party” activist Jason Sager.

Three Democrats have filed for the race to take her on in the fall.

The 5th district is largely conservative territory, where Republicans held a 25,000-person voter registration advantage in 2008. That year, Barack Obama took 43 percent of the vote in the district, while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) earned 56 percent.