The Hillsborough Democratic party has had problems in recent years fielding candidates to run in local races. Never before was that problem more evident than in 2010, when Jim Norman began having his ethics issues yet there was no Democrat to run against him in the general election after he defeated Kevin Ambler in his District 12 primary.
That's about to change. Norman is facing a couple of Republican challengers this summer, and whoever comes out of that race will have a real live Democrat to face in November. He's Dr. Wes Johnson, a retired small business owner and former professor who announced his candidacy Monday morning for the new District 17 State Senate seat that comprises parts of Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
“My life has been shaped by opportunities,” Johnson says in a press release issued today. “And for me, the most significant opportunities came through education. From training at the technician level on nuclear submarines in the Navy, to earning my PhD in Bio-Medical Engineering, education has been the key to my success, and I know it is also the key to unlocking a better future for all Floridians.”