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Joe Henderson: Bob Henriquez, Todd Jones spar over issues in Hillsborough property appraiser race

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Since Bob Henriquez took over as Hillsborough County’s property appraiser four years ago, he has taken several steps to modernize the office. There are nine fewer employees than the office had before Henriquez arrived, and the department’s budget is lower. Most important, though — Henriquez hasn’t had a batch of negative headlines. That’s no small matter. The last time an incumbent property appraiser in the county failed at re-election was 1988, when Bud Parker lost to Ron Alderman. Both Alderman and…

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Joe Henderson: Unopposed candidates create ‘great void’ in local politics

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Elections are supposed to be about choices, but after candidate qualifying ended in Florida last week, many of the elections are already decided. Voters in 11 districts won’t get to choose their state senator because the incumbent faces no opposition — seven Republicans and four Democrats, if you’re keeping score. And in District 24, Pinellas County Republican incumbent Jeff Brandes faces only a write-in candidate. The theme is the same in the state House, where 29 candidates face no opposition…

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This Hillsborough County Appraiser race is going to be interesting

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There are certain local political offices in Hillsborough County where, absent a scandal, the incumbent is likely to win re-election. Twenty years ago, Democratic Property Appraiser Ron Alderman was vulnerable after being the subject of a series of investigations. He lost that year to Republican Rob Turner. Sixteen years later, Turner was seemingly cruising to another four-year term in office when he was rocked by a scandal involving pornography emails he issued in office. It led to his demise, as fellow Republican Ronda Storms ultimately crushed him in…

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Todd Jones is coming after Bob Henriquez in Hillsborough Property Tax Appraiser contest

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Todd Jones‘ credentials as a tax appraiser are impressive, even to the average voter who doesn’t usually keep up on such things. The 58-year-old South Tampa Republican isn’t modest in describing his skills, saying flatly, “I am without a doubt the most qualified appraiser in the state when it comes to property tax evaluation issues.” Whether that makes him the man who can usurp Democratic incumbent Bob Henriquez in the Hillsborough County Tax Appraisers race will be decided by voters this November. “Certainly on paper…

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Democrat Andrew Warren announces bid for State Attorney in Hillsborough County

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Andrew Warren, a Gainesville native and former Justice Department attorney has announced his bid to run for State Attorney in the 13th judicial district, which encompasses Hillsborough County. “I’ve been talking with community leaders, friends, and family about how I can best continue to serve and where we can do better for Hillsborough,” the 39-year-old Democrat said in a statement sent to SPB on Tuesday. “As my daughters grow up, I know firsthand that every family deserves a safe place…

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Mike Deeson raw at Tiger Bay

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There were a lot of laughs when veteran local investigative TV reporter Mike Deeson took to the dais at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting at Jackson Bistro on Harbor Island on Friday, but also a few bits of news. On former and probable future House District 64 Republican Jamie Grant, Deeson said that though no criminal charges were called for in a recent Hardee County grand jury report on Grant’s acceptance of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds for…

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