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Former Sarasota commissioner announces for Florida House

Former Sarasota County Commissioner Ray Pilon announced today that he will try to unseat state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, D-Sarasota, in House District 69 in next year's election. House District 69 consists of northern Sarasota County and the Whitfield area of Manatee County.

"I want to ensure that, during these tough economic times, residents of House District 69 receive the representation they deserve in Tallahassee," Pilon, a Republican, said in a news release. "I have lived, worked and served in this community since 1975."

Pilon served as an elected member of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners from 1996-2000, and has been active in the community with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as the president of Circus Sarasota.

Pilon said jobs, economy, and education will rank among his top priorities. He currently serves as the director of community affairs for the Peace River Water Authority.

House District 69 consists of northern Sarasota County and the Whitfield area of Manatee County.

Pilon and Fitzgerald, who was first elected in 2006, are so far the only candidates to file for election, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

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