Stuart Milk, nephew of legendary civil rights leader, to headline fundraiser for Kevin Beckner on Friday

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Stuart Milk will headline a fundraiser honoring Kevin Beckner, the highest openly GLBT elected official in Florida, this Friday in conjunction with the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Weekend.

Commissioner Beckner has worked to streamline government, serving as a fiscal watchdog and advocate for responsible government since taking office three years ago. Kevin’s FAIR Plan holds politicians accountable by setting clear benchmarks to ensure that our county government lives within its means. The FAIR Plan will stop runaway government spending by limiting increases to 2% a year. Serving countywide, Commissioner Beckner has also led efforts to build a better, stronger Hillsborough County with initiatives such as the Juvenile Justice Task Force, the First Responders Fallen Heroes Fund, the YEA! Awards and the Golf Cart Pathway at Sun City Center.

Stuart Milk, legendary civil rights leader Harvey Milk’s nephew, is President of the Harvey Milk Foundation’s Board of Directors and an international speaker on civil and human rights. Milk was 17 when his uncle was assassinated in California. Stuart is the guardian of his uncle’s legacy through his compassionate work for equality. Milk accepted, on behalf of his uncle, the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009.

Milk will appear with Commissioner Beckner to assist his campaign for re-election and to stand with him against the tactics of those who oppose his leadership. Negative blogs and campaign correspondence have singled out Commissioner Beckner. Faced with local and national opposition, discriminatory language and inflammatory campaign propaganda Commissioner Beckner courageously leads the fight for equality and good government on behalf of all people in Hillsborough County and throughout Florida.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.