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Democrat Sky White re-enters Hillsborough Commission race

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Less than a month after saying she would suspend her campaign for the Hillsborough County Commission District 7 seat, community activist Sky White now wants to re-enter the race.

“I’ve decided to continue my candidacy as Hillsborough County Commissioner for District 7,” White wrote in an email Monday afternoon. She was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

A licensed personal nurse, White also serves as editor-in-chief of REVIVED magazine, which launched last December, touted as “Tampa’s most influential black-owned magazine.”

She’s also the founder and program director of REBORN Tampa, a nonprofit serving underprivileged youth. REBORN facilitates a free summer reading program for underperforming youth, as well as civil rights courses and an annual back-to-school community rally.

White is one of three first-time Democratic candidates who filed to run for the countywide seat, which will be vacated by Al Higginbotham next year. Charles Davis III and Angel D’Angelo are the other two candidates.

Some Democratic officials have said they hope to get another candidate with higher name recognition in the race to challenge Republican Sandy Murman, who has announced that she will leave her District 1 seat that she was just reelected to last year and instead run in District 7, where she could get another four or even eight more years on the board, as opposed to being term-limited in District 1 in 2020.

 

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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