Speaking to CL at the Florida State Fair Governor's Day Luncheon on Thursday, Scott confirmed reports that surfaced this week that he will decide within the next month or so if he will run for office again.
Though there has been some speculation that he was looking at the Clerk of the County's position currently held by Pat Frank, Scott said Frank has informed him that despite some recent health issues, she will run for re-election this year.
That leaves the Supervisor of Elections gig.
Craig Latimer is the only declared Democrat to enter the race in Hillsborough County, and he's already been endorsed by his boss, Dr. Earl Lennard, who was named by Governor Charlie Crist to succeed the late Phyllis Busansky after she passed away in 2009. Latimer already has a head start after raising over $30,000 for the race, a key reason Scott says he will decide by March if he's officially in or out.
Scott was first elected to the Hillsborough County Commission in 1996 and served there until 2006. He then ran and won a seat on the Tampa City Council in 2007, and could have ran for re-election last year, but opted to run for mayor, where he finished last in a five-person field.
Latimer has been working hard with the Democratic party grassroots to boost his stature with the grassroots of the party. He worked alongside Busansky in reestablishing the credibility of the Supervisor's office in the wake of the six-year debacle that Buddy Johnson made of the office.
But it might help boost turnout in November if Scott were to defeat Latimer in a primary and become the candidate to take on Plant City Republican Rich Glorioso, a state legislator who is the only declared Republican in the race. Democrats throughout Florida know that Hillsborough County will be crucial for Barack Obama's chances of winning the state, and having a black Democrat running for an open county seat could drive turn out among minority voters in the district.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Scott hasn't announced officially yet, and as noted above, he did have a disappointing end to his city council career last year. But then again, he was running against some very solid candidates in Bob Buckhorn and Ed Turanchik, as well as local Tampa figures in Rose Ferlita and Dick Greco.
But since most observers of Hillsborough politics are ruing the lack of exciting races in the county this fall, Scott's entry into the Supervisor of Elections race would certainly liven things up.