Les Miller has won re-election to the Hillsborough County Commission in District 3.
A week after Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman said she would be taking on Miller in the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 race, Overman announced on Thursday that she would not run in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary.
In a posting on her Facebook page, Overman wrote that after observing Wednesday night’s marathon public hearing by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization regarding the Tampa Bay Express project, she had decided that running against Miller would not accomplish her goal of seeing more leadership on the County Commission.
“It would replace one seasoned public servant trying to protect the citizens of District 3 with a strongly passionate advocate without a decade (of) political advocacy experience,” she writes. “The stakes are too big for that risk to be taken in District 3 right now. It will take leadership working with citizens to find the best solutions. The voiced support from the community is what gives me the confidence that I can make a difference.
“I truly look forward to making a difference for the citizens in the future.”
Republican Willie Lawson did qualify for the ballot, meaning Miller gets four more years.
Miller was elected to the District 3 seat in 2010. In 2012 he won a four-year term without opposition, and has done the same in 2016.
Miller previously served in the Florida Legislature for 18 years. He served in the Florida House 1992-2000, and the Senate from 2000-2006.