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Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:26 AM

AlienGirl - Former Democratic state House candidate Shelly Leonard dies of cancer



Former Democratic state House candidate Shelly Leonard dies of cancer

By Mike Brassfield, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CLEARWATER When she ran against incumbent state Rep. Ed Hooper in 2010, Shelly Leonard wasn't your typical candidate. She was a 37-year-old single mother and cancer survivor.

The feisty Democrat made her cancer history a part of her stump speech, talking about the need to make health insurance more accessible. More than 16,000 people voted for her in Clearwater-based House District 50. But nearly 24,000 voted to keep her opponent in office, so Leonard went back to her job as a social worker.

Last year, her oral cancer returned. On Saturday, she died due to complications from chemotherapy, just days before her 39th birthday. "She was fighting the cancer valiantly," said her friend and campaign treasurer, Van Farber. "She passed away peacefully, without pain, and surrounded by members of her immediate family."

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Celebration of Shelly Leonard's life

What: Dinner, live music and dancing

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Where: Fort Harrison Hotel, 210 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater

Admission: A $35 check made out to the Neighborhood Coalition to Preserve the MLK Center

Information: (727) 729-6887

More: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/former-democratic-state-house-candidate-shelly-leonard-dies-of-cancer/1215436

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catbyte Feb 2012 #1
blm Feb 2012 #2
auntAgonist Feb 2012 #3
csziggy Feb 2012 #8
sinkingfeeling Feb 2012 #4
progressoid Feb 2012 #5
woofless Feb 2012 #6
csziggy Feb 2012 #7
tavalon Feb 2012 #14
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Skittles Feb 2012 #11
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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:41 AM

1. Gentle passing, AlienGirl

RIP

Diane
Anishinaabe in MI

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:42 AM

2. Sail on AlienGirl...Sail on by

Peace to her family and to all who loved her.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:44 AM

3. Thanks for posting this. I'm sorry I didn't think to post about her passing in this group.

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Response to auntAgonist (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 02:43 PM

8. I had seen your posts in the other areas

But the last time I had searched for information about her, I set up a news alert. It was always a relief when there were no hits because I was so worried about what a hit would be. But this morning the news alert was in my email.

Edited to add: I put this here in case any Florida DUers wanted to attend the celebration of her life at the event in the article.

She will be missed. She left us far too early and so young.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:54 AM

4. In the arms of an angel, fly away.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:19 AM

5. ...

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:54 AM

6. I thought Alien Girl (Tucker) lived in Seattle.

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Response to woofless (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 02:40 PM

7. I think she had moved to Florida not long before she ran for office

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Response to woofless (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:41 AM

14. At the end, she did.

Bright blessings to Alien Girl and condolences to the family she leaves behind.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 03:44 PM

9. May she rest in peace......too young, way too young. n/t

Lou

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 04:08 PM

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Wed Feb 15, 2012, 06:01 PM

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Response to Skittles (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:02 AM

13. Thank you for posting her picture

What a beautiful woman. And what a loss.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 08:32 PM

12. RIP

As I know you will...........

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 08:25 AM

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Godspeed, Tucker.

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