Bradenton attorney Adam Tebrugge on Wednesday announced a bid for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
A Democrat, Tebrugge is seeking to unseat Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton.
Boyd currently is a member of the House, but he technically is not the incumbent in the newly drawn District 71 since the district was just created during the recent redistricting process. The district stretches from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Manatee County to Siesta Drive in Sarasota County, and includes most areas west of Tamiami Trail.
Tebrugge served as an assistant public defender for 23 years in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties, before running unsuccessfully for the top spot in 2008. The next year, he opened a private law office in Bradenton.
“As a student of the law and an advocate for the people, I’m concerned that public policy is out of balance in Tallahassee,” Tebrugge said in a statement. “I felt compelled to run to give a voice to the people of Manatee and Sarasota counties.”
A Sarasota resident, Tebrugge has served as president of the Sarasota County Civic League, vice-chairman of the Sarasota Police Advisory Panel and most recently, as chairman of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Adam Tebrugge is married to Regina, who is an attorney, teacher and farmer. The couple lives in Sarasota and have two grown children.