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Elections 2016: Florida House of Representatives District 60 Candidate David Singer

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David Singer

David Singer, a Democrat who is seeking to represent District 60 in the Florida House of Representatives, says career and family are important.

The 39-year-old South Tampa attorney specializes in land use and local government issues, and is a business owner who advises new businesses. This is his first run for political office.

Age: 39 Education: University of Michigan, University of Michigan Law School Occupation: Attorney, co-founder of Singer & O’Donniley, P.A. Political Experience: Campaign manager for Moving Hillsborough Forward, 2010

“Some of my biggest accomplishments in work are helping other small businesses grow and develop, being active in my community, and establishing my own law firm,” Singer said. “Outside of work, my biggest accomplishments are being married to my talented and beautiful wife and being a proud father to my two amazing girls.”

Singer said there are significant infrastructure and business challenges that need to be addressed, as well as serious education needs, not only as a state but also as a country.

“I look forward to working with the Florida Chamber and its membership to continue to make our state a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family,” he says.

Singer earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Michigan. He began his career as a litigator in Chicago. He now co-owns a law firm in South Tampa.

“We need leaders who take time to understand the nuances of big issues and know how to work with people from both parties to get results,” Singer said. “As a small-business owner myself who helps businesses grow and develop, I understand the steps we should be taking to attract business owners to our region and to create good-paying jobs.”

Education also is a priority for Singer, who has two young daughters.

“I see firsthand how important early childhood education is in the lives of our children,” Singer said. “Ensuring that all children in Florida have access to high quality early education should be a priority for our state’s government.”

Singer faces Republican Jackie Toledo for the seat being vacated by Dana Young, who is running for state Senate. Singer said he is a better fit for the job than Toledo.

“Right now, we need people in Tallahassee who want to work to solve issues, not just recycle the same old political rhetoric to win elections,” Singer said. “I believe that voters here and across the state of Florida will reject a fear-based appeal to our lowest common denominator, and instead support thoughtful, inclusive, progress-minded candidates.”

Singer said he works hard to be the best person and candidate he can be.

“I want to represent our families, our schools, our businesses and everyone that makes our community such a special place to live.”

Singer had received $147,561 in campaign contributions as of Oct. 14, according to state campaign finance reports.

Kelsey Schaneville is a student journalist attending the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications. This story was produced as part of the school’s Advanced Reporting or Public Affairs class this semester, under the leadership of instructors Wayne Garcia and Wendy Whitt.