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Mary Mulhern says she’s officially running for CD 13 seat in Pinellas County

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Mary Mulhern announced today that she will be soon filing to run for the Florida Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County currently being occupied by Republican incumbent David Jolly. The 56-year-old former Tampa City Councilwoman floated the idea just 11 days ago that she was contemplating a possible run for the seat, which was held for over 42 years by C.W. Bill Young until his death in late 2013. She said at the time that she had been meeting in recent…

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Darden Rice seriously contemplating challenging David Jolly in CD 13

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Another Democrat is looking at the possibility of challenging Republican David Jolly in 2016, and this one actually lives in the district. St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Darden Rice says she’s been asked “for some time” to consider running for the Democratic nomination for the CD 13 seat, and she says she is giving it the serious consideration that it deserves. She says she will make her decision shortly after returning from an upcoming vacation. Among those interested in a possible…

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Mary Mulhern ‘investigating’ a run for Pinellas County CD 13 seat

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Former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern says she is “investigating” running for political office in 2016, and that includes the possibility of moving to Pinellas County this summer to compete for the CD 13 congressional seat currently held by Republican David Jolly. “I’ve been crunching numbers for months, and networking, and talking to people at all levels of government in Pinellas County, and here (in Hillsborough County), so it’s a definite possibility,” Mulhern told Florida Politics on Thursday night. “But…

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Mike Reedy says Shawn Harrison showed no leadership in 2015 Legislative Session

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The consensus among political pundits in Florida is that state Republicans won’t be hurt by the budget impasse that led the Legislature to break three days early last month. Those observers, though, acknowledge it could make a difference on the margins, in those few swing legislative districts across the state. One is House District 63, occupied by Republican Shawn Harrison. He’s being challenged next year by Democrat Mike Reedy, who works as a statewide business organizer for Equality Florida, the biggest LGBT…

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Mike Reedy says Shawn Harrison failed to show leadership in 2015 legislative session

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The consensus among political pundits in Florida is that state Republicans won’t be hurt by the budget impasse that led the Legislature to break early last month, before they were able to pass their constitutional duties to pass a budget. Those same analysts do acknowledge that it could make a difference on the margins, in those few swing legislative districts sprinkled throughout the state. One of those districts in the House is HD 63, currently occupied by Republican Shawn Harrison. He’s…

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Kevin Beckner starts fundraising early for Clerk of the Courts gig

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When he began running countywide as the Democratic challenger to Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair in 2007, Kevin Beckner started out very early. He had to. Very few people in the political community knew him as he ran for office for the first time; Hillsborough County was and is a huge swath of land to campaign in, and oh yeah, he was an openly gay man running for office on a board that less than two years earlier had voted to…

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Tampa wants dibs on any future U.S.-Cuba pact signings

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They’ve already declared their support for a Cuban consulate to be housed in Tampa. Now they want any major agreement between the Cuban and U.S. governments to be signed in Tampa as well. By a 5-0 vote, Tampa City Council on Thursday passed “The Tampa Accord.” The  resolution proposed by Councilwoman Yolie Capin offers the city to host any official agreement signings between the two neighboring countries. Charlie Miranda and Lisa Montelione were not at the dais at the time…

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