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Former Aide to C.W. Bill Young Launches Bid for Seat

Nov 8, 2013

Although David Jolly has spent much of his career working in Washington as an aide to the late congressman, Jolly launched his bid in front of the Indian Shores municipal building by declaring: "This race is about ensuring that somebody from Pinellas County is elected to represent our communities and our neighbors." And, he added, with Young's widow Beverly standing near him, "We're going to win this race."

Jessica Ehrlich has just announced she's won't seek the Democratic nomination to succeed C.W. Bill Young, who recently passed away.

Ehrlich unsuccessfully challenged Young two years ago, and was considered the front-runner - until Alex Sink entered the picture. Sink, who ran for governor against Rick Scott, announced recently she's moving from her home in Thonotosassa in Hillsborough County to campaign for the Pinellas-based Congressional seat.

Here's Ehrlich's statement:

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Funeral services were held today for U.S. Rep. Bill Young, who died last week after 43 years in Congress.

Several hundred people gathered at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo to honor Young. He died Friday at 82.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, were among those who eulogized Young.

Hundreds Show Up to Honor Bill Young

Oct 24, 2013

The Seminole Republican who represented District 13 in Congress for 43 years died Friday, and the visitation was the first of two opportunities for those who knew him personally or through his work to say goodbye. Today's funeral in Largo is expected to draw thousands, including nationally known politicians and military brass.

Charlie Crist Not Welcome at Young's Funeral

Oct 22, 2013
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Though many politicians will be attending Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young's memorial service this Thursday, one in particular was told to stay away. Young's widow, Beverly, sent an e-mail to former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, telling him he is not welcome at the service.

Dr. Susan MacManus, political scientist at the University of South Florida, says her guess is Mrs. Young didn't want a spectacle that turned into a political event...

Both of Florida's U.S. Senators - Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio - are filing legislation in the Senate to rename the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines after the late U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young. 

Their legislation will be a companion to a House bill introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller that may be voted on as early as Wednesday. Young, who died Friday, is credited with bringing an expansion of  the VA center in his home district in Pinellas County. 

Here's a statement from Rubio:

Bill Young Lived in Pain During Final Years, Wife Says

Oct 21, 2013

Bill Young, 82, who served 43 years in Congress, “was concerned with the direction the country was going in,” said Bev Young two days after her husband died surrounded by family and friends at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “He was concerned with the administration’s leadership or lack of leadership. At one point he wanted to retire, but he was very scared for the troops, because he was afraid if he left, whoever took his place wouldn’t see to it they had the equipment and armor they needed to go into some of the wars they were sent into.”

Funeral arrangements have been set for for U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, 82, who died Friday night at a military hospital just outside Washington, D.C.

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that one of the speakers will be House Speaker John Boehner.

Visitation for the public will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, 2801 Grand Ave. in Pinellas Park.

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C.W. Bill Young, whose political career took him from the minority party in the Florida Senate to control of the U.S. House budget committee,  died at 6:50 p.m. today. He was 82.

Family attorney David Jolly said the family have notified the offices of the speaker of the U.S. House and the governor of Florida of Young’s death and the vacancy in the 13th Congressional District.