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Brian Willis airing new TV ad in Hillsborough Commission race

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Early voting begins in Hillsborough County on Monday. And with just 15 days to go before Election Day, Brian Willis is going up on TV in order to boost his visibility in the Hillsborough County District 6 seat contest.

The 33-year-old attorney won the recommendation of the Tampa Bay Times editorial page last month, and that paper’s imprimatur plays a starring role in the 30-second ad, which also features a photo of him as a youth growing up in Carrollwood, walking along the Riverwalk with his wife, and visiting his grandfather in East Hillsborough County.

Wills has raised more than $105,000 in the contest, the most of the four Democrats competing for the nomination on Aug.30.  That’s also not that far off of Republican candidate Jim Norman’s take – Norman has raised more than $120,000, but more than two thirds of that amount ($80,000) came in his first month of fundraising last September.

Wills is running against Pat Kemp, Tom Scott and John Dicks. The Democratic nominee will take on either Norman or Tim Schock in November.

Here’s the ad:

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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