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E.J. Otero says he’s uniquely qualified if he runs for Hillsborough County Commission

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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. E.J. Otero says he is receiving calls nearly everyday from Hillsborough County Republicans who want him to enter the County Commission District 6 seat. He and says he will make a decision on whether or not he’ll do so “within a reasonable amount of time.” Otero confirms that there is tremendous unease within GOP circles in Hillsborough about the viability of Jim Norman’s candidacy. The longtime former commissioner officially announced his political comeback last week when…

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Pat Kemp seizes on new poll to spur fundraising efforts

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Hillsborough County Commission Democratic candidate Pat Kemp is seizing on a GOP poll showing her leading Jim Norman in a new fundraising email to supporters. The poll, by Republican consulting firm Data Targeting of Gainesville, shows Kemp leading Norman, 44-35 percent. That’s interesting as a snapshot in time of those two candidates — but hardly representative of the entire field that will be on the ballot in their respective primary elections next August 30. There are three prominent Democrats in the County…

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Tim Schock files to oppose Jim Norman in Hillsborough County GOP District 6 race

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Jim Norman isn’t the only Republican to enter the increasingly wild Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race today. Tim Schock, who lost a primary challenge to Al Higginbotham in the GOP Primary for the countywide District 7 seat last August, filed today to run for the open seat in 2016. The 42-year-old strategies and operations consultant says that he doesn’t see himself as the “anti” Norman. “I am a new voice experienced in business and experienced in some of the significant issues…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.1.15 — The meaning of Jim Norman’s return

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Jim Norman, who has been meeting with all types of folks in the community over the past few weeks and months in preparation for a return to local politics, makes it official today. He’s running for a seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. Actually, he made it official yesterday by making pilgrimages to the editorial board of the Tampa Tribune and sitting down with Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton. Norman thinks he’s going to win this race, outright. He thinks the Democrats in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.21.15 — Jeb’s SNL moment

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Happy Friday — or will it be in Tallahassee? In the spirit of Larry King’s former classic USA Today columns, here we go… All eyes are on the Capitol today to see if the Senate will go along with the House’s plan on redistricting that is supposed to be completed by high noon… None of us knows how much time we have left on this mortal coil, but that time may be even shorter for Jimmy Carter, who has had the greatest post-presidency in…

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Tom Aviano becomes the first Republican to enter Hillsborough County District 6 race

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While Jim Norman’s potential return to local politics has local observers buzzing, he won’t be the first Republican to enter the Hillsborough County District 6 race. That distinction goes to Tom Aviano. Tom who, you might be asking? Aviano is a 51-year-old Brooklyn born, Lithia resident who has never run for office before. He’s quite aware that his name recognition is near zero at this early juncture in the 2016 race. But he says that running for office is something that he’s…

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