MANATEE -- Republican Timothy Norwood of Bradenton has filed to challenge Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino in next year's GOP primary.
Norwood, 51, of Bradenton, finished third in the 2010 primary, trailing DiSabatino and second-place finisher Norm Luppino.
The manufacturing engineer who grew up in Texas has lived in Manatee County since 2000, he said.
"We have a special condition in District 4," said Norwood. "At one time, we were known for our manufacturing, and we've lost that.
"A lot of that, over recent years, in losing that, what's happened is a lot of people were put out of work, mostly based on the economy going down. We haven't had a manufacturing representative on the Board of County Commissioners for a long time."
Norwood said he is a conservative Republican.
DiSabatino said she spoke with Norwood some time
"I knew he was very interested in running -- the more in District 4, the better. I welcome anyone to run."
DiSabatino, 59, also of Bradenton, is a real estate broker whose license has been placed on referral status only while she serves on the commission, she said.
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