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Joe Redner places billboards asking ‘Why are you hiding, Dana Young?’

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The Tampa Tiger Bay Club will host a debate among the state Senate District 18 candidates Friday. Not all of them, however, as Republican Dana Young won’t be in attendance.

That prompted one of her opponents in the contest — independent Joe Redner — to pay to place a billboard ad asking “Why Are You Hiding, Dana Young?”

An initial Tiger Bay debate with the SD 18 candidates was rescheduled when Young said she would be out of town for a parents weekend event with her daughter, a college freshman. The event was rescheduled for this Friday, but Young announced earlier this week she would not be able to make that event because of a funeral she has to attend.

The Redner billboard is located in four different locations — north- and southbound at Dale Mabry and Waters, at the Veterans Expressway near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, and near the Citrus Park Mall.

FloridaPolitics has reached out to the Young campaign for comment.


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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