Son of Hillsborough Elections Supervisor to take over communications for the Pinellas office

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It looks like elections are becoming a Latimer family business in the Tampa Bay area. Jason Latimer, son of Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, is taking over communications in the Pinellas County Supervisor’s office.

Before signing on to head the Communications department for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, the younger Latimer was an intern in the Tampa Bay Rays communications office. He then worked six years with the New York Yankees where he was promoted to Assistant Director of Player and Media Relations. He was with the baseball organization when it won its 27th World Series title in 2007. Most recently he served as the Director of External Communications for the Florida Gators football team.

Latimer will replace current communications director Nancy Whitlock. Whitlock resigned from her post to move to Texas with her husband where their son will be attending college. Whitlock will stay on board with the department through the election until November 7.

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 Patch.com 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 janelle@floridapolitics.com.