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On National Voter Registration Day, Kathy Castor and Craig Latimer try to motivate millennials to vote

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The percentage of young people who voted in last year’s midterm elections was 19.9 percent, the lowest ever recorded, and significantly below the 24 percent who voted in 2010. At a news conference held at King High School in North Tampa on Tuesday, Michael Malanga, USF Student Body Vice President, was asked why he believed that so few of his contemporaries go to the polls. “Sometimes there’s a lack of interest, a lack of engagement, and I think that’s something we’re really trying…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.4.15 — Political speed-date dialing in Manchester

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Fourteen Republican candidates for president met last night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. It was the equivalent of political speed-dating, and none of them on stage were named Donald Trump. (By the way, do those things happen anymore? I did it twice in the early aughts, and what I remember from the experience was  how weary I was after standing up and moving to another table every three minutes.) Upshot? From this reporter’s perspective sitting on a couch in Tampa’s V.M. Ybor…

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Craig Latimer files for re-election as Hillsborough County elections supervisor

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer announced on Monday that he has filed papers to run for re-election in 2016. August 3, 2015: Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer declared his intention to run for re-election in 2016, filing required paperwork to establish his candidacy. Latimer, 62, served for 35 years in law enforcement before working at the SOE’s office. He retired as a major in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 to manage the late Phyllis Busansky’s election…

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Craig Latimer says latest accolade sets his office as an elections standard

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The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections last week was awarded the first Governor’s Sterling Award in the state for that particular office. The award, considered the most prestigious award for organizations excelling in performance excellence, has never been given to a Supervisor of Elections office. While Hillsborough SOE Craig Latimer is celebrating the success, he also points out it’s an award that must be solicited — something his office recently chose to do. The team began prepping for its application…

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Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections is first in state to receive Governor’s Sterling Award

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The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office has become the first in the state to receive the Governor’s Sterling Award. The award is considered the most prestigious award for organizations excelling in performance excellence. “Our vision is to be the best place in America to vote. And today, as the first Supervisor of Elections to earn the Governor’s Sterling Award, we received recognition that shows we’re working toward our vision in a meaningful way,” said Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer.…

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Tom Scott looking at run for Hillsborough County District 6 seat

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Thomas Scott, a former Tampa city councilman and Hillsborough County commissioner, says he is seriously considering a run for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat next year. “It’s going to be interesting,” Scott told SaintPetersBlog on Wednesday afternoon, when he attended the Fight for 15 rally in Tampa’s Copeland Park that attracted hundreds of people. The seat is being vacated by Democrat Kevin Beckner because of term limits, and a growing number of Democrats are declaring their candidacy for it. In…

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Tom Scott appointed to Florida Elections Commission by Rick Scott

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Former Tampa City Councilman and Hillsborough County Commissioner Thomas Scott have been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Elections Commission. The 61-year-old Scott serves as the senior pastor at the 34th Street Church of God in East Tampa. He’s been out of politics for the past four years following his first and only term on the City Council that ended in 2011. Scott previously served as a Hillsborough County commissioner from 1996-2006 and as a member…

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