Pinellas GOP chairman Nick DiCeglie says he will run for state house
A year and a half before the 2018 primary, two Republicans have said they will run for the seat that will be left vacant when incumbent Larry Ahern hits his term limit.
Nick DiCeglie, chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Party, said Wednesday that he intends to run for Florida House District 66, which represents Clearwater, Seminole, Largo and several beach communities. The news, first reported by FloridaPolitics.com, came the same day former state prosecutor Berny Jacques announced his intention to run.
DiCeglie, 43, said his formal announcement will come in the next few months, but for now, he's focusing on his duties as chairman.
"I'm just taking my time and speaking to folks on a daily basis," he said.
DiCeglie, a Long Island, N.Y., native, was elected to the lead the Pinellas GOP in 2014. He has owned the Clearwater-based garbage removal business Solar Sanitation since 1996 and is a former chairman of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
He lives in Indian Rocks Beach with his wife and two children.