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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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Kevin Beckner triples Pat Frank’s take during November for Clerk race

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Unlike any other time in recent history, there is considerable interest in next year’s Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit court race. County Commissioner Kevin Beckner has challenged Democratic incumbent Pat Frank, while former Fox-13 consumer reporter Eric Seidel adds name recognition on the Republican side. While Frank’s experience and name recognition may make her the favorite in the contest, Beckner continues to lead in fundraising. Beckner raised more than three times than Frank last month, $13,080 to Frank’s $3,400. Among…

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Tampa Chamber apologizes to Rick Scott for Bob Rohrlack’s harsh missive

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Last Friday, Bob Rohrlack, the respected Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, sent off a blistering letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott regarding his handling of the removal of now former Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board member Sam Rashid. “Possibly unlike any appointment you will make, this next appointment is both an opportunity and your responsibility to make the right selection to advance the mission of Tampa International Airport,” wrote Rohrlack. “Your previous decision has given Tampa Bay a black eye…

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Critics of Tampa Bay Express project now targeting Chamber of Commerce

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A Tampa grassroots organization still smarting over the decision by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization to approve a controversial toll lanes project in Tampa is now directing its ire at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Sunshine Citizens is a nascent group formed to oppose what is known as the Tampa Bay Express project, a multibillion-dollar plan from the Florida Department of Transportation that would add tolled express lanes on I-275 from the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to Bearss Avenue in north…

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Tampa officials host conference on Cuba

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Ron Christaldi, chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, said today that back in 2013, a half-dozen members of the chamber visited with Vice President Joe Biden and other White House officials to discuss the potential for business with Cuba. “They asked me about what the business community wanted and were we ready to take advantage of those opportunities,” he told an audience who gathered in a ballroom inside the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. “There’s 17 million people in…

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