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Pat Frank defeats Eric Seidel in Hillsborough Clerk of the Court race

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Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank has defeated Republican Eric Seidel, 53 percent to 47 percent. That’s with 335 out of 340 precincts reporting.

Although the margin was much closer than Frank’s victory over Kevin Beckner in the Democratic primary (where she won by 18 points), the race against Seidel was much easier. That’s because the former Fox-13 consumer reporter decided that he would not adopt the hardball tactics employed by Beckner in his campaign.

It helped him get closer to Frank, but not nearly close enough to defeat Frank, who has been serving in the Clerk’s office since 2004. She’s been a legislator in Hillsborough County since 1972.

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 mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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