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April Griffin only interested in running for school board — NOT County Commission — in 2018

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As Hillsborough County Democrats search for a candidate with the kind of name recognition to defeat GOP incumbents Victor Crist and Sandy Murman in countywide elections next year, April Griffin confirms that she won’t be one of them.

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Political consultant Kelso Tanner announces run for Hillsborough School Board

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After years working to get Republicans elected to local and state office, Kelso Tanner is now ready to enter the arena himself. The Gibsonton-based political consultant announced Monday he will file for next year’s Hillsborough County School Board’s District 6 race. In his statement, Tanner said that the impetus for his decision to run was the board’s controversial decision last December to cut “courtesy busing” service. The decision will result in about 7,500 high school and middle school students who…

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Robocalls target Hillsborough School Board’s April Griffin — more than a year before elections

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On Memorial Day, April Griffin awoke to a barrage of calls and texts from friends. The Hillsborough County School Board member learned she was the subject of a negative robocall from a group calling itself “Citizens for Fairness and Equity.” Griffin initially described the call on her Facebook page as comparing her to “being like President Trump, supporting charter schools, and had racial undertones because it talked about me winning (taking away) an election for the chairmanship over the only black board member.”…

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Jessica Vaughn files to run for Hillsborough County School Board

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Jessica Vaughn, a Tampa Palms resident who grew up attending Hillsborough County schools and now teaches in them,  filed to run for the District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County School Board currently held by April Griffin. The 39-year-old Tampa native says she thought about entering the  District 7 countywide primary last summer, but realized it was too late in the process to make an impact. Her declaration for ’18 comes a full year and a half before Hillsborough voters will go the polls.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.8.16 – Al Gore gets punk’d

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For the #NeverTrumper Republicans out there, this Trump presidency might work out pretty well, after all. Jeb Bush was seen doing cartwheels after Trump selected Betty DeVos to become his Secretary of Education. “I’m so excited,” Bush said last week at the National Summit on Education Reform, sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which Bush founded and chairs and on which DeVos serves as a board member. “President-elect Trump made an extraordinary choice with Betsy DeVos,” he added. Similar hosannas are being thrown out…

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April Griffin says Ione Townsend blocked her from running for Hillsborough County DEC chair a year ago

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The reverberations from Monday’s Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee meeting continued on Wednesday when School Board Chair April Griffin said she was denied the opportunity to run for the DEC chair position a year ago by Ione Townsend, who ended up running as the only candidate to replace Elizabeth Belcher. In a posting on her Facebook page, Griffin said that with no groundswell of support for a chair to succeed Belcher, she had given the idea serious consideration and decided she…

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Uproar at Hillsborough DEC meeting; City Council, School Board members leave in disgust

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After a rough start, Hillsborough County Democrats re-elected Ione Townsend as party chair Monday night. A raucous first 50 minutes of the group’s reorganization meeting culminated in five Tampa City Council members and two Hillsborough County school board members leaving the hall in disgust when they were not allowed to participate in the Democratic Executive Committee election for local officers. In a related development that skewed the final tally of his race, Alan Clendenin, vice-chair of the Florida Democratic Party and…

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