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More than just the presidency: 10 down ballot races to watch on Election Day

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Presidential races get all the attention, but it’s the folks down ballot that make the real decisions. In the Sunshine State, there’s no shortage of high intensity — and sometimes high drama — battles for office. And we aren’t talking about the races for state House and Senate. There have been allegations of election fraud in a mayor’s race, dirty tricks in a superintendent battle, and fights over genetically modified mosquitoes. Here are 10 down ballot races and referendums we think you…

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Avis Harrison has now loaned her own campaign $21,000 in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Avis Harrison cut a $4,000 check earlier this week for her campaign for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat.  That follows the $21,000 she gave to her campaign in the last fund-raising period. Her $44,038 that she has raised in the race is second only to Luis Viera, who has raised $66,529. Meanwhile, the $1,000 check that the Hillsborough County Republican Party cut for Jim Davison last month has now been listed as officially returned back to the party.…

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Tampa City Council candidate Jim Davison says he’s returned campaign contribution to Hillsborough GOP

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(Update) Tampa City Council District 7 candidate Jim Davison says he has returned that $1,000 contribution sent to him last month by the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee. “The money was returned last week after we talked,” Davison emailed SPB on Wednesday afternoon. His response comes after Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Chair Ione Townsend announced she had filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission against Davison, asking that the agency look into the $1,000 campaign contribution made by the Hillsborough Republican Party to…

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New poll shows Jim Davison leading Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Emergency room physician Jim Davison leads in a new poll of the Tampa City Council District 7 race, but the majority of those surveyed say they aren’t sure who they will be voting for yet in the Nov. 8 election. The survey comes from St.Pete Polls, an automatic robocall pollster, which interviewed 402 voters in the district from October 14 to 16. It has a margin of error at plus-minus 4.9 percent. Davison receives 27 percent of support in the poll, dwarfing his next closest…

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At forum, Tampa City Council District 7 candidates Orlando Gudes and Avis Harrison clash on policing

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A dispute about the police interacting with communities of color led to a fiery exchange between Tampa City Council District 7 candidates Avis Harrison and Orlando Gudes on Saturday. The candidates have been asked about the Black Lives Matter movement and the tense relationship between the police and the black community at campaign forums in recent days. At a candidates forum held at Bible-Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace on Saturday, Gudes, who retired from the Tampa Police Department in January after 26 years on…

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Tampa City Council District 7 candidates talk Cuban consulate and citizens review board

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Bob Buckhorn’s recent trip to China invoked charges of hypocrisy from critics, who compared his very different public stance when it comes to doing business with Cuba, another country known to violate human rights. Now two city council candidates who hope to join the current board next month are expressing similar sentiments. First some background: When it was announced the mayor would travel to Lanzhou, China last month to establish a sister-city connection initiated by USF Health, there were definitely a few people in Tampa who expressed irritation regarding the apparent…

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Victor Crist and Gus Bilirakis endorse Jim Davison in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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As the special election for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat grows closer, more officials and organizations are getting involved in the campaign. On Wednesday, ER physician Jim Davison announced he has received the backing of Pasco County area congressman Gus Bilirakis and Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist. “As a longtime resident of the North Tampa area, I endorse Dr. Jim Davison because our neighborhoods of North Tampa deserve ‘Action — Not Just Words’ from our city councilman,” said Crist. “I…

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