Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thomas Scott now officially running for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Former Tampa City Council member and Hillsborough County Commissioner Thomas Scott made it official on Wednesday - he's running for Supervisor of Elections in Hillsborough County.

Scott had served in public office in the above two positions from 1996 until last year, when his first term ended and he opted to run for mayor instead of re-election on the City Council. He finished last in a five man field in the race ultimately captured by Bob Buckhorn.

Scott's entry into the race now makes the Democratic primary in August a contested one for the SOE's office.

Craig Latimer, currently the chief of staff to current Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard, announced his candidacy last July, after Lennard announced he would not run for re-election.

Latimer was originally named chief-of-staff after the late Phyllis Busansky was elected in 2008. Busansky passed away in 2009.

On the GOP side, Plant City House member RIch Glorioso is currently running unopposed.

Rumors had circulated that Scott would get back into politics this year, running for either SOE or the Clerk of the Court in Hillsborough County, where there has been a question about whether Pat Frank will run for re-election.

In a press release, Scott says "Now is the time for experienced leadership. I am in this race because many people from throughout this community have asked me to re-enter public service. I am concerned about the direction of our government and I realize that direction starts with

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