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Sheriff’s son announces bid for Florida House

MANATEE — Greg Steube, the eldest son of Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, today announced his candidacy for state representative.

Steube, a U.S. Army veteran and Tampa-based attorney, said he will run in 2010 as a Republican in District 67, comprised of portions of Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborogh counties.

District 67 is currently represented by state Rep. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, who is unable to run again for the office due to term limits.

“I served in Iraq when the War on Terror was at its most trying time. I was also privileged to be serving during the beginning of the surge,” Steube said in a news release. “I have seen how good leadership, clear focus on objectives, and teamwork can reform a challenging situation. That is the type of focus and teamwork our state needs now.

“I want to provide the strong leadership we need to improve the issues we face here in Florida,” he continued. “We need focus on the basics: opportunity for quality education, affordable healthcare, a stable housing market, strong business development and an economy that offers good, high paying jobs.”

Steube said Reagan has “served with distinction,” and has endorsed his candidacy.

Reagan could not immediately be reached for comment this afternoon.

Steube’s father has also endorsed him.

“His mother and I are very proud of him, and I am confident he will make a wonderful state rep,” the sheriff said today.

Others endorsing Steube, according to the release, include former Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells and state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.

Steube, born and raised in Bradenton, graduated from Southeast High School in 1996.

He attended the University of Florida where he obtained a undergraduate degree with honors in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Law, according to the release.

In 2003 he graduated from University of Florida with a law degree.

In his last year of law school, Steube enlisted in the Army, the release states.

After a year in the infantry, he transferred to the Army JAG Corps where he completed his final three years of service, according to the release. As a captain in the Army JAG Corps, Steube acted as a legal assistance attorney, administrative attorney, operational law attorney, the chief of detainee operations, and as a criminal trial counsel.

Steube is an associate at the law firm of Macfarlane, Ferguson, and McMullen, working in the firm’s Tampa office. He practices general civil litigation.