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Sandy Murman opts out of a run for Florida Senate

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman has decided to stay put after all, and will not run challenge Dana Young in the newly created state Senate 18 seat.

That information was first published by the Tampa Bay Times.

Murman, who served in the state legislature from 1996 to 2004, has served on the Board of County Commissioners since 2010, and is running for re-election for her District 1 seat.

But when a newly created senate map included a brand new district in the county this January, Murman said she would seriously contemplate running for it. She said that even after Young had jumped out first to announce her candidacy for the seat.

“I am looking at it,” Murman told this reporter back then, and repeated that she was still undecided about her future as recently as two weeks ago.

Young already has raised more than $264,000 for the race, much of that already raised for her re-election bid for House District 60 that she transferred to her Senate campaign fund.

The newly drawn up Senate District 18 seat encompasses west Hillsborough County, extending from MacDill Air Force Base north to Pasco County. Murman’s current County Commission District 1 seat covers south and western Hillsborough.

The Democratic establishment in Tallahassee was pushing hard for Tampa House Democrat Janet Cruz to enter the race, but she ultimately opted to stay in the House, where she will serve as Minority Leader in 2017.

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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