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Les Miller wins Hillsborough County Commission District 3 seat

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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.


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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