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Hillsborough Court Clerk candidate Eric Seidel unveils his first TV ad

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Generally speaking, a race for clerk of the circuit court is usually one of the last races a local voter is considering in a presidential election year. And that’s sort of the way that the race between Pat Frank and Eric Seidel is progressing with just weeks to go in the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Courts race. That couldn’t be said for Frank’s primary race, when fellow Democrat Kevin Beckner went all scorched earth in trying to take down Frank,…

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Tampa Realtors favor Pat Frank in Hillsborough Clerk’s race

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Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank announced Friday she has received the backing of the Greater Tampa Realtors in her bid for re-election. The group represents 9,000 Tampa Bay area real estate professionals. “Pat Frank has a solid record of serving Hillsborough County residents with integrity and dedication,” said Greater Tampa Realtors President Andy Scaglione. “She has transformed the clerk’s office by using technology to make services more accessible and efficient. This is good for our members, and for the entire community.” Frank is…

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Hillsborough County Commission candidate Jeff Zampitella hoping for a debate that may never happen

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If you pay attention to Hillsborough County politics, you’re quite aware there is a race to succeed Kevin Beckner in the countywide District 6 County Commission seat between Democrat Pat Kemp and Republican Tim Schock, who snuffed out Jim Norman’s hopes for a political comeback two weeks ago. But did you know there is another county commission race on the ballot in November between GOP incumbent Sandy Murman and Democratic newcomer Jeff Zampitella? The race for the District 1 seat has generated virtually no…

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Tampa Firefighters are backing Eric Seidel in the Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts race

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Eric Seidel, the former Fox-13 consumer reporter who is now running as a Republican taking on Democrat Pat Frank in the race for Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts, has been endorsed by the Tampa Firefighters union. “I am pleased to receive the support from the Tampa Firefighters in my election,” Seidel said in a statement issued on Thursday. The Seidel campaign sent reporters a copy of a letter dated August 25 informing him of the endorsement, which was signed by Steve…

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Pat Frank blows out Kevin Beckner in Hillsborough Court Clerk primary

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In one of the most contentious race in the Tampa Bay region, Pat Frank crushed Kevin Beckner in the Democratic primary for Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Courts. With all 340 precincts reporting, Frank defeated Beckner, 59 percent to 41 percent. The 86-year-old Frank has held the position since 2004, but was faced with a serious opponent in Beckner, who is term-limited out of office in November after eight years on the county commission. The race divided the Hillsborough Democratic community establishment from…

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‘Black Votes Matter’ slate card without disclaimer upsets some Hillsborough County candidates

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It’s certainly not the first slate card making the rounds since early voting began, but a “Black Votes Matter” handout that does not include a disclaimer regarding who paid for it has upset some Hillsborough County candidates on Election Day. This reporter picked up the slate card while visiting voting precinct No. 305 at the New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Columbus Avenue in East Tampa. The card was handed out by a woman wearing a Dianne Hart T-shirt. Hart is a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.30.16 – Election Day questions

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Primary Election Day is here, finally, for those of us who care. Because that isn’t close to the majority of registered voters in Florida. Going into today, the turnout by percentage via early and absentee voting here in Hillsborough County where I’m located was lower than it turned out to be in 2012, which Congresswoman Kathy Castor says is disappointing. We’re talking below 20 percent, folks. Whether that percentage might increase if the election weren’t held in the last week of August…

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