Hooper Gears Up for Senate Race

With Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, facing term limits in 2018, former Rep. Ed Hooper is gearing up to try to to replace him.

Hooper, a Republican, plans a Feb. 1 campaign kickoff in Clearwater Beach, according to an invitation emailed Monday. At this point, Hooper is the only candidate who has opened a campaign account to run in Senate District 16, which includes parts of Pinellas and Pasco counties.