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Hillsborough County Republicans to gather in South Tampa to watch final night of RNC

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While it’s been well noted that there are many Republicans not in Cleveland this week for the RNC (hello, David Jolly), there are many others in the Tampa Bay area who might have wanted to attend, but aren’t delegates or don’t want to spend the money that it requires to travel to the Buckeye State.

A number of these Republicans will gather Thursday night in Tampa at a “Unifying for America: Trump for President” convention watching party at 81 Bay Brewing Company, beginning at 6 p.m. That’s at 4465 W. Gandy Blvd.

Among those in elected officials scheduled to attend to watch Donald Trump give his acceptance speech include Marco Rubio, Florida House Majority Leader Dana Young and County Commissioner Sandy Murman.

There will be plenty of Hillsborough GOP candidates there as well: CD 14’s Christine Quinn, House District 60 candidates Rebecca Smith and Jackie Toledo, County Commission candidates Jim Norman and Tim Schock, Property Appraiser candidate Todd Jones, Eric Seidel, who is running for Clerk of the Courts, and school board candidates Stanley Gray and William Person.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Retired Lieutenant Colonel Steve Emerson with the U.S. Marines. WFLA 970’s Tedd Webb will also be in the house.

Admission is free, but those who wish to attend are being asked to register here.


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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