For the first time since 1971, residents of Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District will have a new representative. After a special election on March 11, either Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink or Libertarian Lucas Overby will take the Washington House seat that Republican C.W. Bill Young held for 43 years until his death in October.
With politicians, policymakers and political pundits across the country watching and listening, Sink and Jolly have waged an acrimonious and often bitter battle of accusations and counter-accusations across the airwaves, in print and electronic media. As a midterm election, this race is being portrayed by many as an indicator of how the two parties may fare in the 2016 national elections — and a referendum on the agendas of both Republicans and Democrats.
District 13 includes nearly all of Pinellas County, except portions of downtown and southern St. Petersburg.
Today, the Tribune takes a closeup look at the three candidates, their views, their interests and their backgrounds.