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Pat Frank wins endorsement of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in Hillsborough clerks race

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Pat Frank, who admitted to being disappointed earlier this month when a key labor group declined to endorse in the Clerk of the County Courts in Hillsborough County, has been endorsed by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

“A great administrator, Pat Frank has transformed the Clerk’s office,” said David Lavery, chairman of the Florida State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in a statement. “Pat’s wisdom and integrity have guided the Tampa Bay area for years. She deserves our votes!”

“I am so appreciative and proud of the support of BLET’s hardworking men and women,” said Pat Frank. “I’ve worked hard to bring a culture of integrity, fiscal responsibility and transparency to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court, and will continue to do so.”

The BLET represents locomotive engineers, conductors, brakemen, firemen, switchmen, hostlers and other train service employees.

Frank is running in a competitive Democratic primary against county commissioner Kevin Beckner. The winner will face off against Republican Eric Seidel in the fall.

Beckner’s campaign cheered two weeks ago when theWest Central Florida Federation of Labor opted not to make an endorsement in the Clerk of the Courts race. The Federation represents between 20-25 unions throughout the state.

However, Frank has received the backing of SEIU Florida, Hillsborough County Firefighters, the Teamsters and the United Food & Commercial Workers in the contest. Frank has been in public service in Hillsborough County for over 40 years, and is hoping to add four more years to that record this fall.

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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