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#20 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Sandy Murman

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Top 25 20At times, 2015 proved a bumpy road for Sandy Murman, the Davis Islands-based lawmaker.

Perhaps the biggest blow came when her Hillsborough Board of County Commission colleagues ousted her from her chairwoman position. That followed a less-than-warm reception to her alternative plan to raise money for transportation projects in the county, a plan that allowed her to declare her opposition to the Go Hillsborough sales tax plan that might go on the ballot this fall.

Murman was also caught in the crossfire of the controversy over the procurement contracting out for Go Hillsborough.

Yet she remains unopposed to another four-year term on the board this fall. Then again, the Republican is flirting with notions of running for either the House District 60 seat being vacated by Dana Young this fall, or going up against Young in what would be a battle for local supremacy for the Senate District 18 seat.

Murman also ranked 20th in the 2015 poll.


For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel that assembled it, please read here.

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