Hillsborough County Commission GOP aspirant gets big endorsement

Democrat Kevin Beckner is the current incumbent in the countywide District 6 seat.

Margaret Iuculano is Cona's chief Republican opponent in the August 14 primary.

Cona expressed gratitude to Latvala.

“It's an honor to have the endorsement of Senator Latvala. I've long admired his leadership on issues affecting the Bay Area, and hope to follow in his footsteps by working tirelessly for Hillsborough County and it's citizens."

Senator Latvala was elected to the state Senate in 2010, and is working behind the scenes (according to the Tampa Tribune's William March) to vie for the Senate presidency. His years of experience and knowledge proved valuable in 2011, when he and other moderates were able to stave off some of the most conservative legislation being promulgated in Tallahassee.

Steve Cona is CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors' Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, based in Tampa.

Jack Latvala
  • Jack Latvala

Steve Cona, running in the District 6 GOP race for Hillsborough County Commission, snagged a big endorsement Wednesday morning when state Senator Jack Latvala announced his support.

“I am happy to endorse Steve Cona for Hillsborough County Commission. His common sense approach to problem solving and knowledge of business issues make him uniquely qualified for the job. I'm confident that he will stand on principle, speak his mind and work to make the process more efficient. As a small business owner myself, I believe we need more leaders like Steve who understand the challenges small businesses face and what it takes to create jobs,” said Latvala.

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