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Aakash Patel showing tremendous fundraising prowess in County Commission bid

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First-time candidate Aakash Patel has already proved one thing during his bid to win a seat on the Hillsborough County Commission: he knows how to raise money The 33-year-old Republican raised more than $41,000 for his campaign in August, bringing his total to $156,201. Add another $23,800 from his political committee, Elevate Tampa, and Patel has raised more than $180,000. 

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Aakash Patel picks up endorsement of prominent Fla. Republican Joe Gruters

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Tampa entrepreneur Aakash Patel is touting the endorsement of another prominent Florida Republican backing his bid for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. This time It’s Joe Gruters, the Sarasota-region state Representative who also serves as the vice chairman of the Florida Republican Party. Gruters was Donald Trump’s campaign co-chairman in Florida in 2016.

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Matt Gaetz endorses Aakash Patel for Hillsborough Commission

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Panhandle-area Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz is endorsing Aakash Patel in his bid for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. “Proud to support my longtime friend @pateltimes in his run for the Hillsborough Commission!” Gaetz tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

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Now a CFO candidate, Jeremy Ring to publish book on his experience at Yahoo

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Former state Senator Jeremy Ring, the only official candidate in the 2018 race to be Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, has just completed a book about his experiences working as a founding member of Yahoo. Ring said Monday he plans to publish his book this fall. “We Were Yahoo” will describe how the Silicon Valley-based company changed the world twice, Ring told a couple of dozen supporters who gathered to learn more about him at an appearance at the University Club…

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Aakash Patel becomes first Republican to file for District 1 seat on Hillsborough Commission

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Tampa-based entrepreneur and civic activist Aakash Patel has filed to run as a Republican for the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 seat in 2018. Technically, Patel has filed for 2020. However, incumbent Sandy Murman is expected to step down next year to run for another seat, creating the need for a special election next year. Patel is founder and president of consulting firm Elevate, Inc. and has been extremely active in Tampa Bay-area civic causes in recent years. He currently serves as the chair…

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