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Kelso Tanner reacts to ‘outrageous’ comments made by Ione Townsend regarding Confederate monument vote

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Days after four of the five Republican members of the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse, the controversy isn’t dissipating. Last Friday afternoon, Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Ione Townsend issued a blistering statement against the Republican commissioners for their vote, calling it “a continuation of white supremacy and white privilege policies.” Those remarks are now being rebuked by Kelso Tanner, a Hillsborough GOP political consultant and school board candidate,…

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Political consultant Kelso Tanner announces run for Hillsborough School Board

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After years working to get Republicans elected to local and state office, Kelso Tanner is now ready to enter the arena himself. The Gibsonton-based political consultant announced Monday he will file for next year’s Hillsborough County School Board’s District 6 race. In his statement, Tanner said that the impetus for his decision to run was the board’s controversial decision last December to cut “courtesy busing” service. The decision will result in about 7,500 high school and middle school students who…

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Jessica Vaughn files to run for Hillsborough County School Board

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Jessica Vaughn, a Tampa Palms resident who grew up attending Hillsborough County schools and now teaches in them,  filed to run for the District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County School Board currently held by April Griffin. The 39-year-old Tampa native says she thought about entering the  District 7 countywide primary last summer, but realized it was too late in the process to make an impact. Her declaration for ’18 comes a full year and a half before Hillsborough voters will go the polls.…

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Alan Clendenin leads all Hillsborough County school board candidates in fundraising

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Although he was one of the last candidates to enter the race for school board in Hillsborough County this year, Alan Clendenin leads all of them in fundraising, new reports show. The District 7 candidate brought in $8,285 from June 1-24, and has raised more than $45,000 since getting into the contest on May 6. The next closest in fundraising in District 7 is Stanley Gray, who has brought in $34,150. Clendenin retired in 2012 from a career working as an…

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Hillsborough School Board candidate Stanley Gray calls for more outrage over district graduation rates

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Seven candidates are running for the Hillsborough County School Board District 7 election, and Stanley Gray thinks he’s the best man for the job. The 60-year-old retired Marine captain lived all around the country for the first part of his life, but settled down in Tampa in 2001. He’s outraged by the graduation rates in Hillsborough County schools, and says more people should be. According to a 2015 Tampa Bay Times report, Hillsborough had a graduation rate of 73.5 percent, which trailed the…

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Alan Clendenin to run for Hillsborough County School board

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Alan Clendenin, the first vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a retired air traffic controller, announced Friday that he will run for the Hillsborough County School Board in District 7. Clendenin, 57,  has never run for any elected office, but he’s a prominent Democrat who came close to leading the state party back in January of 2013. In a brief interview, Clendenin says he likes the direction that Superintendent Jeff Eakins…

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