It’s not the party … it’s the after party! A rundown of where Tampa Bay candidates will be on Election Night

in Uncategorized by

After a hard-fought election season, with some of the most contentious (and expensive) races in history, it all comes down to this — Election Day.

Candidates will be hosting a range of election-watch parties, where celebrations – or the drowning of sorrows – will take place Tuesday night.

Here is a rundown of Election Night Watch parties and other celebrations throughout Tampa Bay:

State Sen. Jeff Brandes is hosting a celebration for his Senate District 22 re-election bid starting 6 p.m. at 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse, 400 Beach Drive Northeast in St. Petersburg. RSVPs are at [email protected] or (727) 537-0683.

State Rep. Amanda Murphy is hosting a Results Watch Party for her House District 36 re-election effort starting 6:30 .m. at the Boulevard Beef and Ale , 6236 Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

Chris Gregg, Murphy’s Republican opponent, holds his election party at Rossi Ristorante Italiano, 7254 State Road 54 in New Port Richey. More information is on the event Facebook page.

House District 38 Republican hopeful Danny Burgess is holding his election night event at Abbott Station restaurant, 5327 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills.

Former state Rep. Shawn Harrison invites supporters to an election night watch party at 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd. Harrison is the Republican running to retake Hillsborough County’s House District 63.

Republican candidate Chris Sprowls celebrates the end of his first-ever campaign for House District 65 at Johnny Grits, 857 E Klosterman Rd. in Palm Harbor.

Republicans Chris Latvala, who is running for House District 67, and former State Rep. Ed Hooper, candidate for Pinellas County Commission District 4 will be holding a joint election watch event at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater.

State Rep. Kathleen Peters holds a “November 4 Victory Celebration” for her District 69 re-election bid starting 6:30 p.m. at the Middle Grounds Grill, 10925 Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island.

Scott Orsini, Peter’s Democratic opponent, is hosting an election night party beginning 7 p.m. at Neptune Grill, 5501 Shore Blvd. S in Gulfport. Orsini will join supporters shortly after the polls close.

The Pinellas County Republican Party’s election-night victory celebration takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel Carillion, 950 Lake Carillion Dr. in North St. Petersburg. Music, free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available with returns broadcast on big screen TVs.

Pinellas County Commission candidate Pat Gerard will host her election night bash at the Largo mall Buffalo Wild Wings, 10500 Ulmerton Rd. in Largo. The event begins setting up at approximately 6:30 p.m., with Gerard joining supporters immediately following the closing of the polls at 7 p.m. The invitation notes that Gerard’s victory would give Democrats a majority on the commission for the first time in 50 years.

Hillsborough County Commission candidate Pat Kemp will be holding her District 7, Countywide election watch and celebration party beginning 7 p.m. at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave. in Tampa.

Friends of Greenlight, the supporters of the Greenlight Pinellas transit initiative, will host its election night party at Yard of Ale, 2675 Ulmerton Rd. in Clearwater beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On the other side of the Greenlight Pinellas debate is No Tax For Tracks, the grassroots organization opposing the Pinellas County referendum. The group holds its Election Night Watch Party beginning at 6 p.m. at the NTFT campaign headquarters, 319 39th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. All volunteers and supporters are welcome. A Cheesesteak Food Truck will be available with both hot and cold sandwiches and soft beverages.

Mike Moore, the Republican candidate for Pasco County Commission, District 2, will hold his election night event from 7 – 10 p.m. at Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Rd. in Wesley Chapel.

United for Care holds an Election Day Victory Party for Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, beginning 7 p.m. at Fresco’s Waterfront Restaurant, 300 2nd Ave NE in St. Petersburg. RSVPs are available at [email protected] or

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.