Bill Galvano to seek Florida Senate seat

BRADENTON — State Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, announced today that he will run for the state senate rather than for the post of state attorney general, which he had said he was considering.

Galvano, 43, said he would run for the seat now held by state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, who is facing term limits.

Galvano said he did not plan any formal announcement, but intended to issue a press release saying he would open an account to raise money for the race.

“It was not an easy decision to make,” Galvano explained. “I believe that there is greater opportunity to make a difference in the policy-making part of politics, as opposed to what is the law enforcement side.”He noted the occupant of the post of attorney general ultimately is the top law enforcement officer in the state.

“What positive changes I’ve been able to be a part of have all been on the policymaking side, and I want to continue to work in that area,” Galvano said.

Asked which opponents he might face, Galvano replied he did not know yet, as it is still early, but added, “It will be an open seat, I’m certain people will have interest in it besides me.”

He said the filing deadline for candidates is still two years away, and that the winner of the race would start in 2012.

“It’s early, but I wanted to go ahead and make that commitment and end further speculation,” he added.If he is elected, Galvano would like to continue addressing issues he has already focused upon such as economic growth and health care.

“Like I said at the chamber (of commerce) breakfast, reform never ends,” Galvano said.

“I think there are a lot more opportunities to bring new industry to Florida, and to further my efforts with the biotech caucus, and also continue to work on community-specific issues, like I have in the past,” he said.Galvano is an attorney at the venerable Bradenton law firm of Grimes, Goebel, Grimes, Hawkins, Gladfelter and Galvano.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 708-7908 or at