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Linda Pearson for county commission

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Published on Aug 14, 2010

The Al Mccray Show, Tampa Bay News and Talk. Linda Pearson is running for District 2 county commission seat is Hillsborough County. I recently met with her to discuss politics and her race for the commission.



Linda Pearson
Biography

Linda Pearson is a candidate for the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, District Two. Politically, Linda is a self-described conservative, and is proud to be registered as a Republican. She is a native and lifelong resident of Hillsborough County who has a lifetime of selfless public service and involvement in our community. A 1967 graduate of Turkey Creek High School, Linda received her B.S. degree in Business and Office Administration at the University of South Florida and has also taken graduate level classes in Public Administration and Urban Management and Planning at U.S.F.

Linda is the President of Pearson Planning Services, Inc., and a founding partner in the Tampa-based civil engineering and land planning firm Diaz Pearson & Associates. She is a certified land planner and has worked in the land-use field for over 30 years. Professionally, Linda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Commercial Real Estate Women National Network, and Commercial Real Estate Women -- Tampa Chapter where she is a former President. In 2007 Linda was recognized as being one of the Top 20 Women in Commercial Real Estate by the Florida Real Estate Journal. Linda previously held positions as the Executive Director of the Comprehensive Health Care Improvement Program (CHIP) and as the CFO of a local public health clinic.

Linda's extensive service to our community includes work for numerous organizations. Her list of current and previous volunteer service includes: charter member, Rotary International (New Tampa Evening club); board Member, Dress for Success; volunteer, Centre for Girls; Paint Your Heart Out Tampa Bay, among others.
Linda's service to Hillsborough County also extends to volunteer service for government agencies and boards including: member, Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation Audit Oversight Board; member, Hillsborough County Health Care Plan Advisory Committee; member, Hillsborough County Sign Appeals Board, Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board; and, as an elections volunteer for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

Throughout Linda's career in land planning, she has represented a cross-section of individuals, as well as small and large businesses. Her clients have included many small business owners, families, doctors, churches, schools, restaurants, hospitals, and governmental entities.

Linda prides herself on community involvement and regularly meets with neighborhood associations. This assures consideration and sensitivity of community interests when planning projects for her clients.
Linda and her husband Charles Cox have a blended family with five grown children and seven grandchildren between them. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Dover where Linda has been a Sunday school teacher, youth group chaperone and counselor, and a member of the choir. She is also a singer with Singlive USA -- Tampa.

Linda had the honor of traveling in April 2009 with Singlive where she sang at a Vatican mass in Rome and was fortunate to travel to England in September where she joined hundreds of voices at a concert in London at the Royal Albert Hall. In her free time Linda enjoys singing, golf, reading, gardening, and loving on her grandchildren.

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