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Hillsborough Co. Commissioner Mark Sharpe has primary opponent

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The last minute qualifying of Josh Burgin in the District 7 Hillsborough County Commission race means sitting commissioner Mark Sharpe has a primary opponent. Burgin, who worked as the legislative aide for former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair, is the sister of state Rep. Rachel Burgin. Josh Burgin has also worked as executive director of the Hillsborough County Republican Party.

Sharpe, who has broken from party ranks by strongly supporting a proposed sales tax to pay for road improvements, expanded bus service and rail, said he welcomes the challenge.

“I love my job. And I love serving the people, but I never, ever take it for granted,” he said. “I’m going to continue to talk about the six years that I’ve served and the good that I’ve done.” Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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