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It’s official: Janet Cruz running for Hillsborough County Commission

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Joining what is expected to be a bruising Democratic primary, state Representative Janet Cruz has filed to run for for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. Cruz, who is term limited out in 2018, had said months ago that she would be running for the seat, so it’s not much of a surprise that she entered the race. But that does not take away from the interest level in her decision because she is running against Tampa City Councilwoman…

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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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Sandy Murman confirms she will switch seats to run for a four-year term in countywide seat

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman confirmed to SPB on Monday that she will leave her District 1 seat in 2018 to run for another four-year term in District 7, the countywide seat that will be open with the previously announced retirement of Al Higginbotham. News of Murman’s switch was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times William March. In switching seats, Murman becomes the second current member of the BOCC to announce that they hope to extend their political career by…

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Bob Buckhorn looks forward (and back) in 2017 State of the City address

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With less than two years before being term-limited, Bob Buckhorn fought off the temptation to wallow on his accomplishments as Tampa mayor, versus what’s left to come, during his State of the City address. Speaking Tuesday morning for exactly half an hour at Kiley Park (after a 23-minute pregame show featuring a performance by the Tampa City Choir, as well as an appearance by City Councilman Guido Maniscalco), the speech was vintage Buckhorn — down to the passages adapted from…

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Bob Buckhorn says it’s all about loyalty as he backs Tom Scott in Democratic Hillsborough Commissioners race

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Bob Buckhorn says he likes “most” of the four Democrats running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race that climaxes next Tuesday, but it’s his sense of friendship and loyalty that has him backing Tom Scott. Scott previously served on the County Commissioner from 1996 to 2006, followed by one term on the Tampa City Council from 2007-2011. He then ran for mayor in 2011, but afterfailing to get into a runoff, he ended up backing Buckhorn. Buckhorn had narrowly made the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.27.15 — Could Bob Menendez fate affect Loretta Lynch as AG?

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Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, was in Tampa yesterday for the swearing-in ceremony of Lee Bentley, the new U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Lynch is the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, and would become the first black female AG in U.S. history if confirmed. Obama nominated her way back in November, but she still awaits a vote in the full Senate. Lots of Republicans oppose her nomination because they’re upset over…

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Rose Ferlita hopes Jackie Toledo learns from her mistakes and runs again

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In the immediate aftermath of her stunning loss to Guido Maniscalco in the Tampa District 6 City Council runoff on Tuesday night, Jackie Toledo said that the media coverage of her campaign was unfair, and “made a big difference” in the final results. That coverage included the unforced errors on her part that brought her some of that negative coverage. Those mistakes included superimposing her photo over the city seal in her official campaign portrait, to filming a television commercial on…

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