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Craig Latimer re-elected as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer effectively was reelected to his post on Friday, after he drew no opposition as the deadline for political candidates to file to run for office expired.

Latimer, a Democrat, began working in the SOE”s office back in 2009 as chief of staff to the late Phyllis Busansky, who defeated Republican Buddy Johnson back in 2008Although he had hoped to be selected to replace her, then Governor Charlie Crist chose former Hillsborough County School Board superintendent Earl Lennard.

Latimer ran for the office in 2012, defeating Tom Scott in a Democratic primary,  before beating former Plant City Republican state legislator Rich Glorioso in November of that year.

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 mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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