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Pat Frank raises more in December than opponents in Court Clerk race

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When it comes to constitutional officer positions in local government, the election of the Clerk of the Circuit Court isn’t one that generally draws that much interest.

That’s not the case in Hillsborough County this year, where two well-known and popular Democrats, Pat Frank and Kevin Beckner, are competing against each other.

The Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections website shows that for December, Frank got the most in fundraising, taking in $8,250 to Beckner’s $2,455, his worst-performing month since he announced his candidacy in April.

However, Beckner still leads the arms race in raising cash with $149,234. Frank is now over the $100,000 mark, with a total of $101,819.

The winner will take on Republican Eric Seidel. The former Fox-13 consumer reporter took in $4,360. He’s raised $60,673 overall.

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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