McKenzie says he'll beat Rouson in primary listen07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
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In a special election last March, St. Petersburg based attorney and former NAACP leader Daryl Rouson defeated Ernest Williams and Charles McKenzie for state House District 55.
The special election was held after the incumbent, Frank Peterman, resigned to become lead the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice.
Rouson won the somewhat bruising contest – but he faces one of his opponents, the Reverend Charles McKenzie, once again in the Democratic Primary next month.
According to reports, Rouson outspent McKenzie roughly 4-1 during that special election. But McKenzie, who was interviewed by WMNF Saturday night at the Pinellas County Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner, insists he has a legitimate shot of upending Rouson this fall.
Also at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner on Saturday night was State Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, who is running unopposed in his primary election, but will face a Republican and Green Party challenger in November.