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Brian Willis adds to his fundraising lead in Democratic Hillsborough County District 6 contest

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Tampa attorney Brian Willis raised over $9,000 in his race for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat last month, and leads all Democrats in fundraising in the race with $86,233. In a statement, Willis noted that his total number of contributors outranks the other three Democrats in the race – attorney and Sierra Club official Pat Kemp, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks, and former county commissioner and Tampa city council member Tom Scott. “The hard work we put…

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Tampa City Council honors Arthenia Joyner as her legislative career winds down

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Outgoing state legislator Arthenia Joyner has been a pioneer throughout her professional career in law and politics, and with just months to go before she ends her legislative career in Tallahassee, she was given a commemoration Thursday by the Tampa City Council honoring her work. The 73-year-old lifelong Democrat currently represents Tampa’s Senate District 19, where she serves as the Senate Minority Leader, the first African-American women ever to ascend to that position. She was also the first black woman to practice…

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Hillsborough County Commissioners dismiss call for affordable housing trust fund

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A proposal advocated for by the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality – HOPE – to have the Hillsborough County government establish a $10 million affordable housing trust fund, fell by the wayside on Wednesday. Commissioner Victor Crist won praise from his colleagues for bringing the issue up for discussion, but they politely rejected the concept for the moment, saying that they still have yet to address other important issues that would require funding, such as transportation. “This is a community problem, and it begs…

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Perry Harvey Park opens in Tampa

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In virtually perfect weather conditions for Florida in early April – low 70’s, cloudy, with little humidity, the city of Tampa had a bigtime celebration on Sunday afternoon for the official unveiling of Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Perry Harvey Sr. was the leader of the local longshoremen’s union for over 30 years, and worked to win higher wages for dockworkers. He also helped develop apartments to provide better living options for African-Americans in Tampa. The impressive park is filled with…

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Pat Kemp gets big endorsements in Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race

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Three major Tampa Democrats – Betty Castor, Jim Davis and Ed Turanchik – are all endorsing Pat Kemp in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 contest. “I see Pat as being cut from the same cloth as strong woman leaders, like Sylvia-Kimbell Rodriguez, Phyllis Busansky, Kathy Castor and Pam Iorio,” Castor said in a statement. She’s the mother of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, who Kemp worked for as an aide during Kathy’s time on the county commission a decade ago. “Pat has…

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John Dicks leads all Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidates in January fundraising

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In his first month of fundraising after announcing his candidacy, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks raised $10,882 in January in his bid for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race. Nearly half of that total – $5,000 – came from Dicks himself. Dicks entered the contest on Jan. 18, becoming the fourth Democrat to compete for the open county commission seat that will be vacated later this year by a term-limited Kevin Beckner. Tampa lawyer Brian Willis raised the…

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More Tampa Democrats indicate no interest in open legislative seats in Hillsborough County

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In a few days from now, or perhaps a few weeks, Democrats in Hillsborough County may rise to announce that they’re challenging Republicans in two nearly created opportunities where analysts believe they have a decent shot at winning in a presidential election year. But that’s not the case today. With a new Senate seat created as part of the implementation of a redistricting lawsuit, Tampa Republican Dana Young has announced that she will depart her House District 60 seat that she’s held since…

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