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Sandy Murman gears up for re-election with fundraiser on June 16

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman will be looking for campaign donations during a campaign fundraiser next week.

Murman currently chairs the Commission and represents District 1 in South Tampa.

The fundraiser is on Tuesday, June 16, at Mise En Place on West Kennedy Boulevard from 5:30-7 p.m..

Murman’s invitation does not include a suggested donation, but does list a maximum $1,000 contribution. Supporters can only donate up to that amount to individual campaigns.

Murman has already earned support from several of her colleagues. Her honorary host committee includes Commissioners Victor Crist, Ken Hagan, Al Higginbotham and Stacy White.

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee and State Attorney Mark Ober have also joined that support.

More than 55 individuals from around the area comprise Murman’s Host Committee.

Murman has already begun her fundraising with $5,600 in contributions as of the end of May. Most of that came from four maximum contributions from Ramappa Family Ltd. Partners, Dr. G.M. Ramappa, the National Properties Trust and the Hillsborough Fire Action Committee.

Three other $500 contibutions have rolled in so far from Pressman & Associates, Zephyrhills Medical Arts and Laura Webber. According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website, Murman has not spent any of her campaign cash.

Murman was first elected to the County Commission in 2010 and then re-elected in 2012. She was voted chair of the commission last year.

Prior to serving on the County Commission Murman spent eight years as a Florida representative. She also serves on the Prepaid College Foundation Board, the Junior Achievement Board and the Florida Healthy Kids Foundation.

Murman also serves on several commission committees including the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., the Tourist Development Council, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and others.

So far Murman has not drawn a challenger. Qualifying for the seat begins next June.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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