(Republicans will appear first on your actual ballot.)
U.S. House District 11 includes Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties and parts of Lake and Marion counties. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are elected to two-year terms and are paid $174,000 a year.
- Daniel Webster (REP)U.S. representative; owner and president, Webster Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.
Webster, 71, served as the speaker of the Florida House in 1996, becoming the first Republican speaker in 122 years. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 1998 and served as majority leader his final three years. Webster was first elected to the U.S. House from Florida's 8th Congressional District in 2010. In 2013, he won election to the House representing the newly redistricted Florida's 10th Congressional District, which he represented until 2017. In the 2016 election, Webster ran and was elected to represent Florida's 11th Congressional District after redistricting in the 10th District affected more than 60 percent of his former constituency.
- Dana Marie Cottrell (DEM)Teacher
Dana Marie Cottrell, 51, is a teacher from Spring Hill. This marks her second time challenging incumbent Daniel Webster, a former Florida House speaker who won the seat with 65 percent of the vote in 2018. Cottrell says her 28 years of experience as an employee in a low-paying profession makes her better able to understand and act as a champion for average Americans.
U.S. House District 12 covers northern Pinellas, all of Pasco and a sliver of northwest Hillsborough counties. U.S. representatives are elected to two-year terms and are paid $174,000 annually.
- Gus Michael Bilirakis (REP)U.S. representative
Bilirakis, 57, is running for an eighth term in Congress and serves on committees for energy and commerce, and veterans affairs. He has made bipartisanship a central message. Bilirakis has also voted in line with President Donald Trump’s positions 95.5 percent of the time, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight. Bilirakis said his priorities for an eighth term would be to pass bills to: penalize insurance companies that ignore existing law requiring they provide the same coverage for mental and physical health care; ensure coverage for veterans with conditions related to toxins from burn pits; continue funding judge-led court teams that monitor infants and toddlers in the child welfare system.
- Kimberly Walker (DEM)Department of Treasury software engineer
Walker, 51, is a software engineer for the Department of Treasury. She has also worked as a state correctional officer and served active duty in the U.S. Army and the Florida Air Force National Guard. Her priorities center on jobs, veteran services and education. She is proposing a program to better screen soldiers for PTSD before they are discharged and facilitating more support for trauma through the VA. She also proposes creating a refundable teachers tax credit to increase take-home pay by $230 a week. Walker is also calling for the end of student loan interest rates.
U.S. House District 13 covers Pinellas County south of Dunedin. U.S. representatives serve two terms and earn $174,000 per year.
- Anna Paulina Luna (REP)Veteran and conservative commentator
Anna Paulina Luna, 31, is an Air Force and Air National Guard veteran and conservative commentator, working for conservative media company PragerU. Luna grew up in Southern California and describes herself as a conservative Hispanic activist. Luna has the backing of influential names in President Donald Trump’s orbit, including U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. Her priorities include rooting out government corruption, protecting the Second Amendment and fixing the immigration system.
- Charlie Crist (DEM)U.S. representative; attorney
Democrat Charlie Crist, 64, is a St. Petersburg native, former Republican and incumbent two-term congressman. His political career has taken him through nearly every level of government: Before he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was first a state senator, education commissioner, attorney general and Florida’s governor from 2007 to 2011. Crist touted the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act, which gives second chances to veterans who commit nonviolent crimes and which he wrote. He said he knows his community and shares its values.
U.S. House District 14 covers the city of Tampa and some adjoining areas of unincorporated Hillsborough County. U.S. representatives have a two-year term of office and earn $174,000 yearly.
- Christine Y. Quinn (REP)Business owner
Christine Quinn, 60, founded a seasoning company, My Family’s Seasoning, that is sold in grocery stores. A Tampa resident, she lost to incumbent Rep. Kathy Castor in 2016. The sixth of eight children, Quinn grew up in California, where her father was an electrical engineer for McDonnell Douglas and her mom a journalist. A member of the NRA, Quinn says she's a "vigorous" advocate for the Second Amendment and a major supporter of law enforcement. "Our civil liberties are at stake," she says in a campaign statement. "We must elect accountable, reliable people who will honor their pledge to defend America against tyrannical behavior, and this all starts with supporting law enforcement across the United States."
- Kathy Castor (DEM)U.S. representative
Castor has been the Democratic incumbent since 2007. The scion of a well-known Hillsborough County political family, Castor, 54, is an attorney and former county commissioner. She has become a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and has taken an increasingly vocal and public role on the issue of climate change, chairing the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She has never faced a serious challenger for reelection.
U.S. House District 15 covers parts of Hillsborough, Polk and Lake counties, including Tampa’s northern suburbs, Brandon, Riverview, Plant City, Lakeland and Bartow. Representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $174,000.
- Scott Franklin (REP)Managing partner, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners insurance brokers
Scott Franklin, 55, is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and managing partner of a Lakeland-based insurance firm. Franklin served as a naval aviator for 26 years, including 14 years of active duty, before his retirement in 2012. He was then elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 2017. Franklin is a party stalwart on hot–button issues; he opposes new gun restrictions and any path to legal residency or citizenship to immigrants in the country illegally. He is “adamantly opposed” to offshore drilling near Florida, citing the health of the coasts as essential to Florida’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry. Franklin’s agenda also includes a thorough examination of how to expand workforce training and reform Social Security and Medicare without reducing benefits.
- Alan Cohn (DEM)President, AMC Strategic Communications
Alan Cohn, 57, is a communications executive and former broadcast journalist taking his second chance at winning the District 15 seat after an unsuccessful bid in 2014. Cohn says his background as an investigative reporter for ABC’s Sarasota affiliate ABC7 would help him hold the powerful accountable should he be elected to Congress. He wants to rebuild the economy for working families, make health care costs more transparent and affordable, and take a leadership role in addressing climate change.
U.S. House District 16 covers Manatee County, Sarasota and southern Hillsborough, including Sun City Center and parts of Fish Hawk, Gibsonton and Riverview. Representatives serve 2-year terms and are paid $174,000.
- Vern Buchanan (REP)U.S. representative
A congressman since 2006, Buchanan, 69, has risen in seniority in the U.S. House and is the health and trade ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee. He is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, according to a 2019 USA Today analysis. His assets include car dealerships and a sizable bond portfolio. In office, he has touted fiscal responsibility and support for the military and veterans. He served for six years in the Air National Guard.
- Margaret Good (DEM)Florida state representative; attorney
Margaret Good, 46, has served as a state representative since 2018. A qualified attorney, she also has experience in the nonprofit world with United Way and the Florida Agricultural Center and Horse Park, an economic development project. She lists her priorities as lowering taxes for the middle class, investing in job and skill training programs, especially clean energy jobs, protecting health coverage for pre-existing conditions and enacting smart policies to combat climate change. She also calls for protections for women's rights, smart gun-control policy that respects the Second Amendment and an increase in police force diversity with an expansion of implicit bias training and community policing.
The State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit is responsible for prosecuting all felony and misdemeanor crimes in Hillsborough County. The office has a staff of 287 employees, including 129 lawyers, and an annual budget of just under $30 million. The state attorney serves a four-year term and is paid an annual salary of $169,554.
- Mike Perotti (REP)Attorney for Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Mike Perotti, 48, is a staff attorney for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He began his career as a prosecutor in Hillsborough County before joining the legal staff of the sheriff's office in 2001. He later spent two years in private practice. After returning to the Sheriff's Office, he obtained law enforcement certification and was appointed as a major in charge of the Orient Road Jail. He was later promoted to the rank of colonel and oversaw the county's entire jail system. A Republican, this is his first run for elected office.
- Andrew Warren (DEM)State Attorney
Andrew Warren, 43, a former federal prosecutor, was elected as the State Attorney for Hillsborough County in 2016. A Democrat, Warren has since then cultivated his own brand of progressive criminal justice. He has championed the expansion of a civil citation programs for juveniles and some adult offenders. He created a program designed to take guns away from people who commit domestic violence. He has reduced prosecutions of crimes such as driving with a suspended license, which he says contribute to the criminalization of poverty. He also created a conviction review unit, designed to root out wrongful convictions.
Florida Senate District 19 includes downtown St. Petersburg, downtown Tampa and Riverview. Florida state senators serve four-year terms and earn $29,697 yearly.
- Darryl Ervin Rouson (DEM)Florida state senator; attorney
Born in New Orleans, Darryl Rouson, 65, a Democrat, graduated high school in St. Petersburg. A lawyer by trade, Rouson was Pinellas County’s first Black assistant state attorney and opened his own firm. A recovering addict who was once homeless, Rouson has been a longtime community activist, once serving as president of the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and on the city’s Charter Review Commission. He spent eight years in the Florida House before winning his Senate seat in 2016.
- Christina PaylanCosmetic surgeon
Christina Paylan, 52, is a Tampa-based cosmetic surgeon and no-party affiliate. She did her trauma and plastic surgery fellowship at Tampa General Hospital in 2004 before opening up her own private practice. On her website, Paylan wrote that she will “bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats for the sake of dismantling this corrupt criminal court system that is sucking up millions in taxpayer dollars from our economy.” In 2014, Paylan was convicted for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was sentenced to less than a year in jail. She challenged the conviction and a judge granted an evidentiary hearing.
Senate District 20 covers parts of Pasco, Polk and Hillsborough counties, including the area where the three counties converge. This is a special election for the seat vacated by Republican Tom Lee, who retired earlier this year. Senators serve a maximum of two four-year terms, and are paid $29,697 per year.
- Danny Burgess (REP)Attorney, former executive director, Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs
Danny Burgess, 34, is running for the Florida Senate after three successful runs for the state House in 2014, 2016 and 2018. After his most recent victory, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General was tapped by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead Florida's Department of Veterans' Affairs. Burgess says his experience with that department, in which he had to work with both Republicans and Democrats to solve problems, gives him the necessary experience to successfully advocate for legislation that will help the people of Senate District 20.
- Kathy Lewis (DEM)Disability rights advocate, author and professional speaker
Kathy Lewis, 59, is running to help fix the government that she says is failing too many Floridians. The mother of a daughter with a disability, Lewis said she had to fight through frustrating layers of government bureaucracy to get her daughter the benefits she was entitled to. Now, with a pandemic consuming Florida, she wants to help her potential constituents get more out of their government, too. This is Lewis' second run at this seat. In 2018, she lost despite a surprisingly strong showing against the well-funded incumbent Republican Sen. Tom Lee.
Florida Senate District 21 includes Manatee County and parts of southeastern Hillsborough County. This is an open seat previously held by Republican Florida Senate President Bill Galvano. Senators serve a maximum of two four-year terms, and are paid $29,697 per year.
- Jim Boyd (REP)CEO of an insurance company
Jim Boyd, 63, served four terms in the Florida House from 2010 to 2018. Before that, he had decades of experience in public life, first running for local office in 1989. He says he's running to get Florida back to work after the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. He says he wants to do so while remaining fiscally responsible and keeping taxes low.
- Anthony "Tony" Eldon (DEM)Teacher, small business owner
When Anthony "Tony" Eldon, 23, is not teaching middle school in Bradenton, he's running his media company, BLKThought, LLC. Eldon is quite politically active on Instagram, where his blk.thought account dedicated to Black history and Black news has nearly 80,000 followers. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Eldon says he is running to breathe fresh air into a Legislature he says has ignored the health care needs of Floridians for too long. He would vote to expand Medicaid if elected.
Florida House District 34 covers all of Citrus County and northwest and north-central Hernando County. House members serve two-year terms and are paid $29,697.
- Ralph E. Massullo Jr. (REP)Dermatologist
Ralph E. Massullo Jr., 63, owns a dermatology practice in Lecanto. He was first elected unopposed in 2016 and easily fended off a challenge in 2018. He has advocated for the construction of Suncoast Parkway 2 and supports its extension to U.S. 19 in Red Level. He also supports the rights of gun owners and opposes abortion rights. Massullo is the past president of the Florida Society of Dermatology Surgery and was named Surgeon of the Year in 1998. Over the years he has authored numerous journal articles on medical techniques and technology. He has participated in multiple missions to foreign countries to serve the needy. He has served on the board at Seven Rivers Christian School, as a co-sponsor of the USA Olympic wrestling team and as an active supporter of several local charitable causes.
- Dushyant Jethagir Gosai (DEM)Accounting/business professor
This marks Gosai's second foray into politics. In 2018, the 61-year-old ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House District 3 but finished last in a three-way race. He has lived for 24 years in the Citrus County town of Hernando. Gosai stresses his background as a businessman and an educator, which he says gives him a unique insight into the needs of District 34. He has pledged to work with state and community leaders to ensure that "common-sense decisions" are made in issues such as the economy, education, the environment, social justice and equality.
Florida House District 35 includes the majority of Hernando County except for the north western corner. The term is for two years and the salary is $29,697.
- Blaise Ingoglia (REP)Florida state representative; home builder
Born in Queens, N.Y., Ingoglia, 49, is a home builder and a former tournament poker player who is seeking a fourth term in the District 35 House seat. If successful, he would not be able to run again for the seat due to term limits. A Hernando County resident since 1996, his Hartland Homes business prospered during the real estate boom as he sold houses to out-of-town speculators. He served previously as chairman of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee and chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. His public life began in earnest in 2007 when he hosted a series of workshops called Government Gone Wild, which criticized wasteful spending by Hernando County government. He went on to expand the brand to the federal government.
- Keith G. Laufenberg (DEM)Freelance writer who worked previously in real estate, as a mortgage broker and a carpenter
A 17-year resident of Hernando County, Laufenberg, 75, is a Marine Corps veteran who was both an amateur and professional boxer. A native of Long Island, he said he has chosen to run "because we need to change our system from that of a capitalist system that runs a society that has become entirely dependent upon money and possessions, praising the wealthy while denigrating the poor and this is what they will call a 'Democracy?' " Laufenberg has also been especially critical of opponent Blaise Ingoglia's purchase of former park sites in Spring Hill sold to him for home sites at what Laufenberg considers an unfair price, damaging to Spring Hill residents who were promised the open space when they bought their homes.
Florida House District 36 includes all of West Pasco County. The term is two years and the salary is $29,697.
- Amber Mariano (REP)Realtor and recently paralegal
A native of Dunedin, Mariano, 24, is seeking her third term in the state House. She has been a Pasco County resident for all of her life except in college. "I have really enjoyed serving the community I was raised in for the last four years in Tallahassee. As we work on ways to provide relief and support to our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, I would love to go back to Tallahassee to fight for a budget that will help all Floridians recover, and create the necessary infrastructure to more easily serve the citizens of this great state."
- Daniel Endonino (DEM)Repair technician for Pinch A Penny
Endonino, 36, is a native of Long Island who came to Pasco County 25 years ago with his family. He decided to run because he has not seen the incumbent make meaningful strides for Pasco County. "I have felt for too long our state Legislature has ignored important issues such as climate change and poverty, especially in this district. I decided to run after having many conversations with people in the community and thought “if not now, when?”
Florida House District 37 covers central Pasco County. The term is for two years and the salary is $29,697.
- Ardian Zika (REP)Florida state representative; runs a business management consulting company
Zika, 40, was born in Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, and came to the United States 23 years ago. He is seeking his second term in the state House and had served as a governor's appointee on the board of trustees for the Pasco- Hernando State College, Florida Career Source Florida and the Florida Council on Homelessness. "I decided to run for office to serve my community and work tirelessly so that no Floridian is left behind as they embark on their journey toward the American Dream," Zika said.
- Tammy Garcia (DEM)Studying to be a paralegal
Garcia, 37, is a Tampa native who lived several years in North Carolina before returning to be near family. She is making her second run for the seat in the State House, seeking it for the same reason as before. "We need elected officials that actually care about the people they are representing rather than corporations that keep their campaigns funded. I want to make state level changes that work in the best interest of the people of Pasco. I also believe that voters need a choice in representation and I want to make sure that the people of central Pasco have a choice," she said.
Florida House District 38 includes eastern Pasco County. The term is for two years and the salary is $29,697.
- Randy Maggard (REP)Florida state representative; vice president of Sonny's Discount Appliances
Maggard, 57, is a Dade City native who won the state House seat in a special election in 2019 and now seeks a full term. "I was raised to believe that we each owe a responsibility to give back and serve our community. My wife, Colleen, and I have done that in various ways over the years but I had not sought elected office. When Danny Burgess was appointed by Governor DeSantis, opening up a special election, Colleen and I were overwhelmed with the outpouring of encouragement I received to run for the office. With our children grown and raising our grandchildren, we felt the time was right to give back and serve our community in this way," Maggard said.
- Brian Staver (DEM)Retired after a career in information technology
Staver, 61, was born in Virginia and came to Pasco County five years ago. He served in the Navy learning a variety of skills ranging from firefighting and electronics, to emergency medical treatments and search and rescue. He ran unsuccessfully for the School Board in 2018 but decided to run now because "I could no longer stand by and watch our current legislators undermine our democracy. Why now, because I now have the time and energy to address a life-long ambition to become part of the solution," Staver said.
Florida House District 57 covers much of southern Hillsborough County and has traditionally leaned Republican. The term is two years and the salary is $29,697.
- Mike Beltran (REP)Florida state representative; attorney
Beltran, 36, from Lithia, is a Harvard Law School graduate who was elected to his first term in District 57 in 2018. In April he criticized Hillsborough's brief coronavirus curfew and in July he called for the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group to be disbanded. “I kept all my promises,” Beltran said of his 2018 platform of reducing government waste and medical costs and increasing teacher pay.
- Scott "Mr. H" Hottenstein (DEM)Teacher
Hottenstein, 49, says he’s running because “we need better public service out of Tallahassee.” He spent 24 years in the Navy and retired as a lieutenant commander in 2012. He has taught in Hillsborough County schools since 2013 and in 2019 was a finalist for Hillsborough Teacher of the Year. He ran unsuccessfully for Hillsborough County School Board in 2018.
Florida House District 58 includes much of northeast Hillsborough County, including Plant City and Thonotosassa. The term is two years and the salary is $29,697.
- Lawrence McClure (REP)Florida state representative; Realtor, self-employed
McClure, 33, the Republican incumbent, graduated from Tampa’s Plant High School in 2005. He now operates his own environmental cleanup and consulting firm in Tampa and moved to Dover about six years ago. He won a special election in 2017 and was reelected in 2018. He said he is pleased with the job Gov. Ron DeSantis has done before the pandemic and during it, praising the governor on teacher pay and environmental funding for what he called a "Florida-first" agenda.
- Cleo L. "CL" Townsend Jr (DEM)Retired pharmacist and public health worker
Cleo Leroy “CL” Townsend, Jr., 77, is a sixth-generation Floridian and a retired public health worker and pharmacist. He has lived in Plant City for ten years, has five children who are grown and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Plant City. His career spanned from working for the Peace Corps in Malaysia to being a public health manager in Florida before retiring in 2013. This is his first run for public office. "There's a need for a representative to be really engaged with their district and the issues going on," he said. "That hasn't happened."
Florida House District 59 covers the southern end of Hillsborough county, including Riverview, Brandon, Valrico and Palm River. Florida state representatives make $29,697 a year with a two-year term.
- Michael Owen (REP)Founding partner and attorney at Owen & Dunivan, PLLC
Michael Owen, 44, is a first-time candidate who grew up in the Tampa Bay community and now works as a small business lawyer. Some of the top issues Owen wants to address are infrastructure and expanding opportunities to get occupational licenses and cultivate vocational skills.
- Andrew Learned (DEM)Owner and director of Grade Power Learning Valrico; lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves
Andrew Learned, 34, is a veteran U.S. Navy officer and owner of Grade Power Learning Center in Valrico. He is a former Republican, now Democrat. In 2018, Learned ran for Congress in Florida's 15th District. Learned supports policy such as the legalization of marijuana, the restoration of voting rights for those formerly incarcerated, and a ban on offshore drilling. Learned also supports home rule, allowing local communities to make decisions that affect local residents, when pragmatic.
Florida House District 60 covers the South Tampa peninsula, including Harbour Island and Davis Islands and the eastern shore of Old Hillsborough Bay. The two-year term pays $29,697 plus per diem.
- Jackie Toledo (REP)Florida state representative; engineer
Toledo was elected to her seat in 2016. The 44-year-old civil engineer is a Republican is seeking a third term. She has served as deputy majority whip and co-chair of the Women’s Caucus and numerous other legislative committee assignments.
- Julie Jenkins (DEM)Small business owner
Jenkins, 58, ran unsuccessfully three times for City Council, most recently in 2015, when she lost to Charlie Miranda. She didn't face an opponent in the Democratic primary. Jenkins says the environment, education and health care are her primary concerns.
Florida House District 62 covers West Tampa and adjoining unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County. The two-year term of office pays $29,679 yearly plus per diem.
- Angel S. Urbina Capo (REP)Small business owner
Urbina, 49, is the CEO of North American Enterprises Solutions Corp.
- Susan L. Valdes (DEM)Florida state representative; Health Practice Administrator
Valdes, 55, was elected in 2018. The Democrat previously served for 14 years as a Hillsborough County School Board member.
- Laurie Rodriguez-PersonTeacher
Rodriguez-Person filed as a No Party Affiliation candidate, eschewing either of the two major parties in what history has shown to be quixotic attempt at public office. How much of a long shot? No candidate filing no party affiliation has won a legislative seat in at least 20 years. Rodriguez-Person gave few indications her campaign was putting in much of an effort to overcome these odds. Little campaign cash. No response to requests for comment. Minimal presence on the campaign trail. More often, independent candidates or "write-in' candidates are deployed not to win, but to alter the outcome of a two-person race by nabbing a small fraction of votes. Her husband, Bill Person, is her treasurer. He ran for the same seat in 2018, losing to the current incumbent, Susan Valdes.
Florida House District 64 covers much of northwest Hillsborough County, running from the Veterans Expressway west to McMullen Booth Road in Pinellas County. The term is two years and the salary is $29,697. This seat opened in August when incumbent Republican Jamie Grant withdrew from the ballot to become Florida’s chief information officer.
- Traci Koster (REP)Attorney
Koster, 35, is a Tarpon Springs High School graduate who was raised in North Pinellas and practices law in Hillsborough County with Nelson Koster, a family law practice. “I chose to run because I recognize the importance of family values,” she said, and as a specialist in family law she hopes to improve Florida’s foster care system. She joined the race late in August, replacing the Republican incumbent who withdrew from the ballot.
- Jessica Harrington (DEM)Teacher
Harrington, 36, is a seventh grade civics teacher at Sergeant Smith Middle School in Tampa who is making her second run at House District 64. She lost to the Republican incumbent in 2018. She graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport and has taught in Hillsborough County since 2013. “The handling of COVID from the governor’s office has been a complete and total disaster," she said. “It has just been a complete lack of transparency with the numbers and handling the virus.”
Florida House District 65 covers north Pinellas County from west of Safety Harbor up through Tarpon Springs. Representatives can serve up to four two-year terms and earn $29,697 per year.
- Chris Sprowls (REP)Florida state representative; attorney
Chris Sprowls, 36, is running for reelection as one of the rising stars of the Florida Republican Party. If he wins a fourth term in the House, he would be the House speaker for the 2020-2022 term. That job comes with enormous power to influence what laws that affect Floridians' lives. Sprowls, a former assistant state attorney, is running for reelection on what he says is a record of protecting consumers and keeping families safe.
- Kelly Johnson (DEM)Restaurant manager and personal trainer
Kelly Johnson, 48, says she got into this race in part because of her frustration with Florida's unemployment system. She is still on furlough from her job as a personal trainer because of the coronavirus pandemic, and she believes it's time for new leadership in Tallahassee. A lifelong resident of Pinellas County, she said she knows what it takes to represent her region. Should she beat incumbent Republican Chris Sprowls, it would be the first time an incoming speaker of the house lost since Chris Dorworth in 2012.
Florida House District 66 covers parts of Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores and Seminole. Florida state representatives make $29,697 a year with a two-year term.
- Nick DiCeglie (REP)Florida state representative; owner of Solar Sanitation, Inc.
Nick DiCeglie, 46, is the incumbent and owner of Solar Sanitation, Inc., a family owned waste and recycling collection business. DiCeglie has been working in the business since 1996 and has been the company's owner since 2002. DiCegile was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018 and previously served as chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Party. In the House, DiCegile serves on a number of subcommittees, including the Civil Justice Subcommittee, the Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Health & Human Services Committee among others.
- Patricia M. Plantamura (DEM)Semi-retired
Patricia Plantamura, 62, is semi-retired after working a number of jobs. Plantamura was formerly elected Seminole City Councilor from 2009 to 2015. She was once a teacher in Hillsborough and Pinellas and a federal law enforcement officer (ICE). Plantamura also formerly worked in private business, including telecommunications (GTE) and international divisions of export companies. Plantamura's priorities include public health, small business, and the environment, topics she believes intersect. Plantamura believes education has long gone underfunded and priorities education at all levels. She supports a ban on assault weapons as they are intended for military use, however, believes there must be a balance in responsible ownership and regulation.
Florida House District 67 covers parts of Largo and Clearwater, and is nearly evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters. State representatives serve two-year terms, with a salary of $29,697.
- Chris Latvala (REP)Florida state representative, realtor and consultant.
The son of former state Sen. Jack Latvala has served three terms in the Florida House. Florida state representatives are limited to four consecutive terms. The 38-year-old lawmaker, recently sponsored Jordan’s Law, a child abuse prevention and response bill signed into law in June. He also sponsored a bill to expunge the criminal records of non-violent or non-habitual offenders who are juveniles. He is currently the chair of the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee and the vice chair of the Education Committee.
- Dawn Douglas (DEM)Education advocate and lobbyist
Dawn Douglas has lived in Pinellas county since the first grade, according to the campaign’s website. Once a public school teacher, the website says Douglas advocates for the public education and has lobbied for the issue both locally and in Tallahassee. Top issues highlighted on the website include environmental issues (specifically protecting water quality), improving public transportation, and using tax payer dollars for citizens’ interest as opposed to corporate interest.
Florida House District 68 covers downtown St. Petersburg up to Feather Sound and includes Pinellas Park. Representatives in the Florida House serve two-year terms and earn $29,697 yearly.
- Matt Tito (REP)Business development
Matt Tito, 33, is a Marine veteran who was twice deployed overseas, once to Afghanistan and once to the Indo-Pacific region, according to his website. A former college baseball player, Tito is now focusing his energy in the mental health field, working on a tele-health initiative to expand access to counseling. He wrote that he was driven to run by a “lack of local leadership and division in our nation.”
- Ben Diamond (DEM)Florida state representative; attorney
Ben Diamond, 42, grew up in Pinellas County. He was first elected to the Florida House in 2016. Diamond was the editor of the Florida Law Review in law school and later clerked for federal court of appeals Judge Emmett Ripley Cox. He worked for legal giant Akerman LLP and also served as general counsel Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and the Florida Department of Financial Services.
Florida House District 69 stretches from Redington Shores to St. Pete Beach and Tierra Verde. It also includes most of Gulfport, East and West Lealman, and parts of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park. Representatives serve two year terms and earn a salary of $29,697 per year.
- Linda Chaney (REP)Retired
Chaney, 61, served as a St. Pete Beach commissioner from 2007 to 2009. During her time on the commission, she focused on keeping taxes low, started an environmental stewardship board and advocated for locals to have more of a say in development and casino-like gambling in the area. Her campaign website emphasizes issues such as the economy, the environment and water quality, education, infrastructure and health care. Chaney supports lowering taxes and eliminating regulations as part of her economic plans. She co-founded Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography and ran it until Dec. 2019, when she sold it to AdventHealth. She also worked for the Home Shopping Network, MS Association and Eckerd College.
- Jennifer N. Webb (DEM)Florida state representative; founder and partner at OmniPublic, a business development and public affairs consulting firm.
Webb was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 2018. The 40-year-old currently serves on four subcommittees: criminal justice, gaming control, higher education and career readiness and PreK-12 Innovation. She initially ran for the district 69 seat in 2016, but lost to incumbent Rep. Kathleen Peters. Her campaign website highlights issues such as federal relief funding, small businesses, unemployment, education and the environment. It also emphasizes her environmental advocacy and multiple bills she has cosponsored in this vein, including an anti-fracking bill, a climate change research bill and a red tide mitigation bill.
Hillsborough County Sheriff
The Hillsborough County sheriff leads the 12th-largest county law enforcement agency in the United States. With about 4,000 employees, the office provides law enforcement across a county with 1.4 million people, runs the county jail, provides security for the local courts and conducts child protective investigations. The sheriff is elected to a four-year term and paid $179,408 per year.
- Chad Chronister (REP)Hillsborough County sheriff
Chronister, 52, was appointed sheriff in 2017 when predecessor David Gee abruptly retired and recommended that then-Gov. Rick Scott tap Chronister for the job. Chronister was elected in 2018 to finish Gee’s term and is running for his first four-year term. The Tampa resident started his law enforcement career in 1992 as a patrol deputy at the Sheriff’s Office and has worked as a detective, deputy commander of the Community Outreach Division and patrol district commander. Chronister was a colonel overseeing the agency’s Department of Operational Support when he was appointed sheriff.
- Gary Pruitt (DEM)Retired Tampa police corporal, former mall security director
Pruitt, 52, was born in Lima, Ohio, raised in nearby Wapakoneta and moved to Tampa at 15. He joined the Tampa Police Department in 1990 and worked as a patrol officer for about 15 years, spending time in all three police districts. After a promotion to detective, he was assigned to a drug squad, then made supervisor of a Rapid Offender Control Squad focused on high-crime areas. After a stint as an environmental crimes detective tackling blight in East Tampa, he was promoted to corporal and assigned to a midnight patrol squad. After retiring in 2015, Pruitt took a job with California-based Professional Security Consultants, the contractor that provides security for shopping center giant The Westfield Corp. He ran against Chronister in 2018, garnering 45 percent of the vote in a two-way race. Pruitt left his security director job in 2019.
- Ron McMullenRetired Tampa police commander
McMullen, 56, joined the Tampa Police Department as a patrol officer in 1989. Over nearly three decades, he worked as a narcotics detective, a patrol sergeant and lieutenant. He was promoted to major in May 2016 to serve as commander over the Special Operations Division, which includes the SWAT and tactical response teams; the bomb, canine and traffic homicide squads; and the marine, mounted patrol and aviation units. McMullen retired from the department in 2018.
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser
The property appraiser values property annually and administers tax exemptions. The four-year term for this countywide office pays $170,011 annually.
- D.C. Goutoufas (REP)Banker, small business owner
Goutoufas, 52, is a four-generation Tampa resident, who has worked as a downtown branch manager and has been a small business owner. He is the first deaf candidate to run for appraiser.
- Bob "Coach" Henriquez (DEM)Property appraiser
Henriquez, 56, a fifth-generation Tampa resident, is a Democrat seeking his third term as property appraiser. Henriquez is a former state representative, county director for the Division of Children and Family Services and has worked as a Hillsborough County planner. He is also a former high school football coach and will appear on the ballot with "Coach" as part of his name.
Hillsborough County Tax Collector
The tax collector acts as agent for the state and local governments by collecting revenue and public funding and then distributing the dollars back to the appropriate taxing authorities. This year that number reached $2.1 billion. Most notably, the tax collector is responsible for collecting and distributing real estate and tangible personal property taxes, and also acting as the Department of Motor Vehicles office processing driver’s licenses, automobile registrations and other documents on behalf of the state. This is a four-year term and the annual salary is $170,011.
- TK Mathew (REP)Small-business owner
TK Matthew, 43, is a one-time employee of the Hillsborough Tax Collector’s Office, and is now seeking the top job. Mathew, formerly known as Kuruvilla Mathew Thykuttathil, changed his name before filing his candidacy papers. He has said he wants to reduce fees charged by the clerk, shorten wait times for service and add branch offices at MacDill Air Force Base and the James. A. Haley Veterans Hospital in order to offer enhanced service to veterans.
- Nancy C. Millan (DEM)Director of community relations in the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office
Nancy Millan is a longtime staff member in the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office who has served as its director of community relations, responsible for the office’s public outreach efforts, since 2001. A Tampa native, Millan, 53, used her communications strategy at the office to educate the public about an array of service improvements. As tax collector, she wants to continue the office’s focus on customers and expand online services. She’s also interested in expanding a pilot project that provides some services at self-serve kiosks in retail locations.
Hillsborough County Commissioner
County commissioners are responsible for setting an annual budget and adopting the property tax rates and other assessments to finance government operations. This year’s budget is nearly $7.1 million. Commissioners approve local ordinances,and authorize comprehensive plan amendments and zoning changes to guide development. Commissioners also act as emergency policy managers to guide public responses to the ongoing pandemic, hurricanes or other public safety threats. District 1 stretches from Odessa to the south county and includes south Tampa. This is a two-year term because district lines will be redrawn in 2022. The annual salary is $100,685.
- Scott Levinson (REP)Executive director, Tampa Bay Youth Football League
Scott Levinson, 55, is a youth football administrator making his first run for public office, portraying himself as an outsider and saying it’s time for government to do something different. He is a Tampa native and is focusing his platform on a need to fix county government, make it more accountable to the public and to rein in wasteful spending.
- Harry Cohen (DEM)Attorney, general counsel for Hillsborough Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Harry Cohen, 50, is a Tampa native and moved back to the area in 1998 where he is well-known in political circles. He was elected to two terms on Tampa City Council and made an unsuccessful run for Tampa mayor last year. After finishing third in the mayor’s race, he served as co-chair of Mayor Jane Castor’s transition team. He previously was deputy clerk to Hillsborough Circuit Court Clerk Pat Frank and now serves as the office’s general counsel.
Hillsborough County Commissioner
County commissioners are responsible for setting an annual budget and adopting the property tax rates and other assessments to finance government operations. This year’s budget is nearly $7.1 million. Commissioners approve local ordinances,and authorize comprehensive plan amendments and zoning changes to guide development. Commissioners also act as emergency policy managers to guide public responses to the ongoing pandemic, hurricanes or other public safety threats. District 3 stretches from Bearss Avenue south to Riverview and includes much of the city of Tampa. Forty percent of the district's residents are Black. This is a two-year term because district lines will be redrawn in 2022. The annual salary is $100,685.
- Maura Cruz Lanz (REP)Retired
Maura Cruz Lanz, 65, is a lifelong Tampa resident having been born in Ybor City. The Republican is an admitted political novice, running a mostly self-financed, small-scale campaign. She said she is concerned about government regulations, but the March 30 arrest of Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne motivated her to run for office. The pastor was accused of violating Hillsborough County’s then stay-at-home order by allowing large crowds at services at the River of Tampa Bay Church. Authorities later dropped the charge. A one-time hair stylist and barber, Lanz retired five years ago after serving as vice president and doing business operations for her family’s Manual Lanz Construction Corp.
- Gwen Myers (DEM)Retired as contracts manager and health care supervisor, Hillsborough County government
Gwen Myers, 66, is making her first run for public office. She retired in 2013 after 25 years as contracts manager and health care supervisor for Hillsborough County and she points to that government and community experience as a top attribute. During her career, she said, she worked for community revitalization in the University of South Florida area, including building a sheriff’s and the Community Development Center; worked on flood drainage and housing renovation in Progress Village, and designed and managed a program for first-time home buyers.
Hillsborough County Commissioner
County commissioners are responsible for setting an annual budget and adopting the property tax rates and other assessments to finance government operations. This year’s budget is nearly $7.1 million. Commissioners approve local ordinances,and authorize comprehensive plan amendments and zoning changes to guide development. Commissioners also act as emergency policy managers to guide public responses to the ongoing pandemic, hurricanes or other public safety threats. District 6 is a countywide seat. It is a four-year term and the annual salary is $100,685.
- Sandra L. Murman (REP)Hillsborough County Commissioner
Sandra L. Murman, 70, is completing her 10th year as a Hillsborough County commissioner representing District 1. She is now seeking the District 6 countywide seat. She served eight years as a state legislator ending in 2004 and her early career included sales and management positions for Xerox Corp. She has made economic development and job creation one of the centerpieces of her platform.
- Patricia "Pat" Kemp (DEM)Hillsborough County commissioner; attorney
Patricia "Pat'' Kemp, 63, is finishing her first term as Hillsborough County commissioner representing District 6. A former radio news director, she switched careers to become a lawyer and served as an aide to then-County Commissioner Kathy Castor from 2003-06. She has worked to expand affordable housing and to increase impact fees to ensure new homes help pay for increased demand for services.
Hillsborough County School Board Member
Hillsborough County School Board District 1 covers northwest Hillsborough County and parts of west Tampa. The board member serves for four years and helps oversee the seventh-largest school district in the United States, earning a yearly salary of $44,892.
- Nadia CombsOwns a tutoring center
Nadia Combs, 50, has worked as an educator and an entrepreneur in Hillsborough County for more than 25 years. She began her teaching career by working for the Japanese Ministry of Education on a remote island in Japan. Her work in Hillsborough included dropout prevention and English for Speakers of other Languages. She founded a company that provided, free, grant-funded tutoring services to high-poverty schools. She opened Brighton Learning tutoring center in 2014.
- Steve ConaPresident, Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast
Steve Cona III, 45, is finishing his second year on the School Board, having replaced Susan Valdes when she left halfway into her term. Cona makes his living running an organization of businesses in the construction industry. In his civic work, he has served on the Hillsborough Community College District board of trustees, on the advisory board of Visit Tampa Bay and as executive director of the Build Tampa Bay Foundation. As a School Board member, Cona has advocated for more efficiency in the $3 billion operation. In his electoral district, he fought to bring an International Baccalaureate program to Alonso High and uphold high standards in the west Hillsborough, Town ’N Country area schools.
Hillsborough County School Board Member
Hillsborough County School Board District 3 covers north Hillsborough County, including New Tampa and parts of east Hillsborough. The board member serves for four years and helps oversee the seventh-largest school district in the United States, earning a yearly salary of $44,892.
- Mitch ThrowerSenior Manager of Administration, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Mitchell Thrower, 52, is the son of a former principal in the Hillsborough County school system. He worked for a private accounting firm before joining the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority in 1998. He is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, and has experience in auditing, budgeting, risk management and safety. Until recently, he also served on the Hillsborough County Planning Commission.
- Jessica VaughnSubstitute teacher
Jessica Vaughn, 43, has worked as a classroom teacher and is now a substitute teacher for Hillsborough County schools. She serves on the governing board of her community development district in Tampa Palms and produces a local podcast about politics.
Hillsborough County School Board Member
Hillsborough County School Board District 5 covers central Hillsborough and part of Brandon. The board member serves for four years and helps oversee the seventh-largest school district in the United States, earning a yearly salary of $44,892.
- Tammy ShamburgerInsurance agent
Tamara Shamburger, 45, is running for re-election after a first term that saw a changed administration and efforts to improve outcomes and allocate more resources to the district’s urban schools. Shamburger has been a staunch advocate for more equity in schools. Under her leadership, the board received the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) School Board Excellence award.
- Henry "Shake" WashingtonRetired educator and school district administrator
Henry "Shake" Washington, 71, spent decades in the Hillsborough school system, achieving a high profile as a high school principal before being promoted into administration. He retired as an area superintendent. This is Washington’s second time running for a School Board seat.
Hillsborough County School Board Member
Hillsborough County School Board District 7 is countywide. The board member serves for four years and helps oversee the seventh-largest school district in the United States, earning a yearly salary of $44,892.
- Lynn GrayFormer teacher and running coach
Lynn Gray, 68, was a teacher in public and parochial schools, then established a business and nonprofit organization dedicated to distance running instruction, having run 100 marathons in her lifetime. In 2016, she was elected to a districtwide seat on the School Board. While on the board, she advocated for improved reading instruction, better oversight over charter schools and enhanced instruction of African American history.
- Sally A HarrisOwns and operates an educational child care center
Sally Harris, 70, has served the youth of Hillsborough County as a foster mother, a teacher, and the operator of the Circle C preschool and child care center in South Tampa. She served on the Hillsborough County School Board from 2014 to 2018, a time of transition from the decade-long administration of MaryEllen Elia to the shift in direction under superintendent Jeff Eakins. Harris established herself as a supportive voice for schools while working behind the scenes to suggest tighter business practices. She was defeated in the 2018 primary for re-election in her district seat and is now running at-large, saying she has unfinished business.
Hillsborough County Judge
County judges preside over misdemeanor criminal trials and civil actions involving less than $15,000. The job has an annual salary of $151,821.
- Monique ScottAttorney
Monique Scott, 38, is a former assistant state attorney who works for a private firm with a focus in criminal defense, family law and personal injury. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked five years as a public school teacher. She also worked briefly as a Tampa police officer, but her law enforcement career was cut short due to an epilepsy diagnosis. As a prosecutor, she handled serious criminal cases, including violent felonies, gun crimes, drug crimes, economic crimes and domestic violence.
- Bill YangerAttorney
Bill Yanger, 59, is a Tampa lawyer whose focus is complex business litigation. In a legal career spanning 30 years, he has handled criminal and family law cases, personal injury, worker’s compensation, Social Security disability cases, and professional licensing hearings. He lost his youngest daughter in what was described as a domestic violence homicide in 2016. The loss, he says, gave him a new perspective and was part of what motivated his run for office.
Pinellas County Sheriff
The Pinellas Sheriff oversees a department of roughly 3,000 employees and operates the county jail and security at court facilities. The salary is $181,887. The term of office is four years.
- Bob Gualtieri (REP)Pinellas County sheriff
Gualtieri, 59, has been sheriff since 2011. He was reelected in 2012 and 2016. Gualtieri began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a corrections deputy. He was a detective in the narcotics unit working on wiretap cases through the ‘90s. He left the agency in 2000 to pursue a law degree at Stetson University College of Law. He returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as general counsel. Gualtieri has lived in Pinellas County for 40 years.
- Eliseo Santana (DEM)Retired
Eliseo Santana, 62, worked as a communications maintenance supervisor at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years before retiring in 2012. Santana has no law enforcement experience, but said he has a unique perspective on the agency and what he believes needs to change. Santana, who is Puerto Rican, said he experienced racism during his career there. He also said he learned technical skills that would help him implement a key campaign promise: body cameras for deputies. He served in the U.S. Army, 1976-1980, and the Florida National Guard 1980-1982.
Pinellas County Property Appraiser
The property appraiser values property annually and administers tax exemptions. The values become part of a tax roll certified by the state revenue department. The position is for a four-year term and pays $170,065.
- Mike Twitty (REP)Pinellas County property appraiser
Incumbent Mike Twitty, 53, was first elected in 2016. He has been a property appraiser for 30 years. Prior to public life, Twitty worked as the principal and senior managing director of Valbridge Property Advisors, a residential and commercial appraisal firm. Twitty is active in the Property Appraiser’s Association of Florida, where he serves as chairman of the Florida Flood Impact Committee. He’s a lifelong resident of Pinellas County.
- Trevor L. Mallory (DEM)Property manager
Trevor Mallory, 48, is a property, renovation and maintenance manager of 104 properties for Family First Homes, an affordable housing property management firm. He previously ran for St. Petersburg City Council in 2013. Mallory is president of the Pinellas County Democratic Black Caucus and outreach chair for the county party’s executive committee. A lifelong Pinellas County resident, Mallory attended Lakewood High then went on to play minor-league baseball.
Pinellas County Tax Collector
The Pinellas County tax collector's office is responsible for overseeing more than $1 billion in tax revenue each year. It also issues driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and hunting and fishing licenses. The tax collector serves a four-year term with a salary of $170,065.
- Charles W. Thomas (REP)Pinellas County tax collector
Thomas, 63, is running for a second term following his election in 2016. Previously Thomas served as deputy for 16 years under former tax collector Diane Nelson. Thomas says he has elevated the caliber of the office by improving the efficiency, accuracy and courtesy of transactions, from drivers license renewals to vehicle registrations. He has been endorsed by a dozen local Republicans, including Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and incoming Florida House speaker Chris Sprowls. He has also brought mobile kiosks for registration renewal to nine locations and developed driving ranges to facilitate driving tests at two locations.
- Joseph Saportas (DEM)Insurance broker and technology consultant.
Saportas, 72, has lived in Pinellas County for 21 years. He is currently a broker and agent at Saportas Insurance Services & Consulting, as well as a consultant at Skybeam Technologies, Inc. where he works in LED technologies and commercial lighting. Saportas’ website emphasizes his goals of reinventing workflow in the office to decrease wait times, getting rid of outdated procedures and promoting diversity. He is deeply involved with the Democratic party, holding positions locally on the Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee and the Pinellas Democratic Hispanic Caucus. He also brings experience from the Jacksonville mayor’s office, where he worked on city federal programs.
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections
The supervisor of elections is tasked with ensuring secure and seamless elections in the county, whether they be federal elections or local municipal elections. The supervisor must navigate complex state and federal rules, ensure equitable access to voting and manage a workforce that grows exponentially around an election. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections is elected to four-year terms. The salary is set by a state formula and is $170,065 for fiscal year 2020-2021.
- Julie Marcus (REP)Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections
Marcus, 44, was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in May as the county’s supervisor of elections after longtime supervisor Deborah Clark retired. Marcus started working in the office in 2002 and has had multiple roles, including becoming the chief deputy in 2012. She said she has helped administer more than 300 elections in her time with the office. With Clark, Marcus has championed the use of vote-by-mail ballots, helping the county become a leading adopter of this voting method. She also helped in recommending the voting equipment that is still in use today.
- Dan Helm (DEM)Lawyer
Helm, 35, has had an interest in voting rights issues since high school. He worked as a lawyer with Voter Protection during the 2016 election in Florida. In 2018, he sued the Orange County Supervisor of Elections over whether elections staff should be asking voters coming to cast ballots in person whether they still live at the same address. The case was settled, with the supervisor agreeing to modify poll worker training on the topic.
Pinellas County Commissioner
Pinellas County Commission District 1 is an at-large seat voted on by all registered voters in Pinellas. Commissioners serve four-year terms and earn $104,725 a year.
- Larry Ahern (REP)Former state representative, former pool service business owner
This is Ahern's second bid for county commission after an unsuccessful campaign in 2018. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018. Ahern, 65, also owned a swimming pool service and retail company for 25 years. On his website, Ahern states he wants “common-sense transportation plans” that don’t get rid of car lanes and environmental policies that allow “people to enjoy their beaches and boating.” Ahern has not responded to repeated requests for an interview.
- Janet C. Long (DEM)Pinellas County Commissioner
Long has served two terms on the commission and was first elected in 2012. She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. Long, 75, has been an advocate of regional transportation and climate change preparation, most recently chairing the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition subcommittee. She has made affordable housing, transportation funding and infrastructure, climate resiliency, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic her top priorities for a third term. Long is calling for a statewide climate resiliency office. And to improve transportation, she is proposing the county go to the state to focus on funding for Strategic Intermodal Systems.
Pinellas County Commissioner
County Commission District 3 is an at-large seat voted on by all registered voters in Pinellas. Commissioners serve four-year terms and earn $104,725 a year.
- Tammy Sue Vasquez (REP)Owner of Bark Life boarding and grooming
Vasquez, 48, owns Bark Life pet grooming and boarding with locations in Seminole and St. Petersburg. She advocates for county term limits, opposes the bus rapid transit lane on 1st Avenue in St. Pete, and pledges to advocate for public safety and truth in taxation. Vasquez has been supported by anti-mask advocates who are against the county's mask ordinance to stem the spread of coronavirus.
- Charlie Justice (DEM)Pinellas County Commissioner
Justice, 52, has served two terms on the Commission, first elected in 2012. He served in the Florida Senate from 2006 to 2010 and the Florida House the prior six years. He helped spearhead revitalization efforts in Lealman and water quality through Tampa Bay Estuary Program. In a third term, he pledges to continue addressing poverty, promote small businesses, protect employees and invest in infrastructure. He has strongly defended his vote for the county's mask mandate to stem the spread of coronavirus despite persistent backlash from anti-mask advocates.
Pinellas County Commissioner
Pinellas County Commission District 7 covers south St. Petersburg, Gulfport, South Pasadena and Lealman. Commissioners serve four-year terms and earn $104,725 a year.
- Rene Flowers (DEM)Pinellas County school board member/ development manager at Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
Flowers has served on the Pinellas County School Board since 2012 and was previously a St. Petersburg Council member from 1999 to 2008. She also works as employee education and development manager for Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services. Flowers, 56, has been active on many boards from the YMCA of Greater Tampa Bay to the National Council of Negro Women and Florida League of Cities. Her priorities are expanding affordable housing, supporting small/women/minority owned businesses, and addressing impacts of climate change. She calls for the creation of a county solar energy program and for the county to work with municipalities and developers to increase workforce housing.
- Maria L. ScruggsOrange County Corrections administrative supervisor
Scruggs, 63, is a community activist and former president of the St. Petersburg NAACP. She has worked professionally in law enforcement, community corrections, public housing, community and neighborhood development and health care and early childhood education. Her priorities are to support job programs for the unemployed, holding listening tours through the county, accountability for the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Agency, and exploring the feasibility of increasing the percentage of Penny for Pinellas funding for affordable housing to 10 percent and to use those funds to increase rental assistance funding.
Pinellas County School Board Member
The seven-member Pinellas County School Board approves school district policy and oversees the $1.6 billion budget of Florida's eighth-largest school system, which serves about 101,000 children. Members have four-year terms and are paid $46,630 a year.
- Laura HineExecutive director, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
Hine, 45, is making her first run for elected office. She has been an active parent in the school system, creating the Friends of North Shore Elementary and serving as the school’s PTA president. She says she wants to serve on the School Board to promote policies that would improve the district, supporting teachers and fiscal responsibility.
- Stephanie G. MeyerTeacher, Keswick Christian School
Meyer, 38, is making her first bid for elected office. A private school educator for one year, Meyer spent several years working in sales and marketing before changing careers. She says her community ties and business background make her a strong fit for the School Board.
Pinellas County School Board Member
The seven-member Pinellas County School Board approves school district policy and oversees the $1.6 billion budget of Florida's eighth-largest school system, which serves about 101,000 children. Members have four-year terms and are paid $46,630 a year.
- Caprice Johnson EdmondScience coach, Fairmount Park Elementary School
Edmond, 32, is making her first bid for elected office. She became a teacher after working in the foster care system and seeing that children in the system had education issues she wanted to address. She says she wants to serve on the board to advocate for children’s needs. She also is an active member of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and the Florida Education Association.
- Karl NursePresident and co-founder, Bay Tech Label
Nurse, 66, touts a long history in education and community issues as a strong point of his candidacy. A former two-term St. Petersburg City Council member, Nurse also has served as a legislative aide and chaired the Tampa Bay CDC and St. Pete Neighborhood Home Solutions. He says his knowledge of business, government and finances situate him well to work on the School Board during coming challenges.
Largo City Commissioner
Largo city commissioners are elected for four-year terms with no term limits, and are paid $16,065 a year. Largo, the fourth-largest city in Tampa Bay with over 83,000 residents, is located in the center of Pinellas County.
- Eric GerardRetired advertising executive and journalist
Eric Gerard, 68, is running for office for the first time. He is vice chair of the Largo Planning Board, and previously served as president of the Greater Largo Library Foundation. His wife, Pat Gerard, is a Pinellas County commissioner and former mayor of Largo. Before transitioning to serve as an advertising executive for 25 years, he worked as a daily reporter for the Tampa Tribune for 10 years, which he says helps him hold his government to the highest standards. He hopes to bring "open-mindedness and respect" to the Largo city commission.
- Curtis HolmesInsurance agent and owner of First Southeast Insurance Services, Inc.
Curtis Holmes, 71, has served on the Largo city commission since 2009. As commissioner, he served on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board of directors in 2014, and as the commission liaison on the Largo Library Advisory Board in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He prides himself on his fiscal conservatism, claiming that in his tenure as commissioner he “can say safely I have saved the taxpayers in the city of Largo millions of dollars.” In 11 years, he says he has never missed a meeting.
The Dunedin mayor serves four years per term for a maximum of two terms, and is paid $15,000 a year. The city of Dunedin, just north of Clearwater, is home to over 36,000 residents.
- Julie Ward BujalskiMayor, City of Dunedin
Julie Ward Bujalski, 54, has served on the Dunedin city commission since 2006, and was elected mayor for the first time in 2014. As mayor, she is a board member of Forward Pinellas and chair of the mayors’ council of Pinellas County, and previously served as liaison to the Toronto Blue Jays. A 50-year resident of Dunedin, she is known for her calls to protect the city’s “village vibe.”
- Heather GracyVice mayor, City of Dunedin
Heather Gracy, 49, has served on the Dunedin City Commission since 2012. Her fellow commissioners have twice appointed her as vice mayor, in November 2014 and December 2019. As vice mayor, she serves on the board of directors of the Florida League of Cities and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and previously served as president of the Suncoast League of Cities from 2017-2019. She describes herself as a “hands-on,” fiscally responsible city commissioner, and hopes to bring her “excessive saving” to the mayoral office.
Dunedin City Commissioner
Dunedin city commissioners serve four years per term for a maximum of two terms, and are paid $11,500 a year. The city of Dunedin, just north of Clearwater, is home to over 36,000 residents.
- Mike QuillReserve police officer, Tampa Police Department. Business owner (commercial real estate).
Mike Quill, 62, has spent over 30 years in law enforcement, formerly as acting police chief for the city of Gulfport and currently as a reserve police officer in the Tampa Police Department. He served as chair of the Dunedin public safety committee for 10 years and describes himself as a “true public servant.” Previously, he ran for Dunedin city commissioner in 2003 and 2009, but lost both races.
- John TorngaVice president of Honor Flight Central Florida
John Tornga, 73, was elected to the Dunedin city commission in 2014 and served as the Dunedin representative on Forward Pinellas and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board of directors before losing his bid for reelection in 2018. He is a Marine Corps veteran, volunteer with Honor Flight Central Florida, and chair of the Dunedin board of finance. He hopes to return to the city commission to encourage fiscal responsibility and government transparency.
Pasco County Superintendent of Schools
The superintendent of Pasco County schools manages the daily business operations of the state's 10th-largest school district. The superintendent is responsible for recommending action to the five-member School Board, including policy and budget proposals. The superintendent is paid $158,992 a year.
- Kurt S. Browning (REP)Superintendent of schools, Pasco County
Browning, 61, has served as Pasco County superintendent of schools since 2012, when he ousted Heather Fiorentino from the post. Before running for the office, he held the position of Florida Secretary of State — the second time he had that job. Browning took the state spot after serving as Pasco County elections supervisor for two decades.
- Cynthia ThompsonGraduation enhancement teacher
Thompson, 39, is making her first bid for elective office. A Pasco County teacher since 2008, Thompson said she believes an educator with classroom experience should run the district. She initially announced plans to run as a Republican candidate, but switched to no-party affiliation to make clear the position is not about politics to her.
Pasco County Commissioner
Pasco County Commission District 3 includes south west and south central portions of the county. Commissioners serve for four-year terms and earn $94,180. They approve the county budget, establish local ordinances and make land use decisions.
- Kathryn Starkey (REP)Pasco County commissioner
Originally from California, Starkey, 63, came to Florida in 1973. She helps out with the recently-established Starkey Market at the family blackberry farm. Previously she was elected in 2004 and 2008 to the School Board and made one unsuccessful run for a state House seat. Starkey is seeking a third term on the commission and points to a list of accomplishments ranging from lessons learned when serving on the Southwest Florida Water Management District board and the Florida Greenways and Trails Council to her work on a not-for-profit she formed to improve the aesthetics of Pasco County and several efforts over the years to improve workforce training for Pasco County's residents and businesses.
- Jessica Stempien (DEM)Water Policy Coordinator for the Southwest District Area - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
A native of Dade City who has lived in Florida all of her life, Stempien, 40, is making her first run for a political office. "I decided to run to be an advocate for neighborhoods like mine that need help addressing important issues such as storm water and flooding. I am running to use my experience working in government to make sure residents are involved in the local processes of government and that the process is transparent," Stempien said. "Progress itself is not the problem, it is the way we are progressing as a county that needs to be managed. I believe now is the right time to bring my experience working in government, as a meeting facilitator, and as a community leader to the Pasco County Commission."
Pasco County Commissioner
Pasco County Commission District 5 covers northwest Pasco County. A commission term is for four years and the salary is $94,180. County commissioners approve the county budget, establish local ordinances and make land use decisions.
- Jack Mariano (REP)Pasco County commissioner; insurance sales
Mariano, 60, is a native of Concord, Mass., who came to Florida in 1991. He is the senior member of the County Commission and is seeking his fifth term. "My passion is to work to improve the quality of life for Pasco County residents. I am very pleased with the performance of the Board of County Commissioners to fix storm water issues, recruit companies to locate in Pasco and to help the existing ones grow and thrive. I am very proud of what has been accomplished in my time as Commissioner, and I am excited about the future for Pasco County. I am serving with a great Board that has five commissioners from all different walks of life with respect for each other, something that allows us to function at peak performance," Mariano said.
- Brandi Geoit (DEM)Was community outreach coordinator for caregiving service until she was let go due to COVID-19
Geoit, 44, is a native of Pontiac, Mich., and came to Pasco County 11 years ago. She ran unsuccessfully for the District 4 commission seat two years ago but lives in District 5. "I want to work for the people of Pasco County. We have a lot of issues here that we need to start working on and stop just saying we will get to them or the elected officials only show up during the election years. We need to actually start working on the issues of homelessness, substance abuse, and all of the infrastructure and water quality issues," Geoit said.
- Victor RodriguezFlorida Regional Director of Operations for JR Hobbs Co, a heating and air conditioning business
A Brooklyn native lured by family to Florida 29 years ago, Rodriguez, 33, is making his first run at public office. "I decided to run for county commission because the community I grew up in my whole life is in desperate need of a real leader that is going to do what the constituents of Pasco County want and need. I have always envisioned myself being a leader in my community with my wife's full support behind me."
Hernando County Commissioner
Hernando County Commission District 1 includes the central portion of Spring Hill. The term is for four years and the salary is $74,725. County commissioners approve the county budget, establish ordinances and approve land use changes.
- Beth Narverud (REP)Automotive sales with Dimmitt Auto Group and vending machine sales with Healthier 4U Vending
Narverud, 57, is making her second run at the county commission seat. She previously served on the School Board from 2014 to 2018. A native of Brooklyn, she came to Hernando County 33 years ago. For most of that time, she worked in the restaurant business. "I have lived in Hernando County since 1987. My children have all attended Hernando County schools. I have owned and operated a business right here for over 30 years. Hernando County's future matters to me. I am committed to creating jobs, keeping taxes low, and helping this community prosper," Narverud said.
- Isaiah Christian Haddon (DEM)Phlebotomist for Lifesouth Community Blood Centers
A political newcomer, Haddon, 20, is a lifelong resident of Spring Hill, graduating from Springstead High School in 2018. "The current state of America and our county has pushed me to run for office," he said. "We as a nation are politically divided, and violently so, meanwhile, hard-working Americans are struggling to make ends meet. In Hernando, our average wage is $15, while the average rent is $1,220 which leads us to spending almost 50 percent of our income on rent alone. This is an issue that has caused many struggles in my life so I know that creating jobs and opportunities is something that needs to be done."
Hernando County Commissioner
Hernando County Commission District 5 includes east Hernando County. The term is for four years and the salary is $74,725. County commissioners approve the county budget, establish ordinances and approve land use changes.
- Steve Champion (REP)Owner of American Gun and Pawn and Tactical Supply and Surplus
Champion, 46, has a family history of five generations in Hernando County. He is seeking his second term on the commission. He previously worked for Target for 23 years. A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, he is an outspoken gun rights advocate. He said his top three priorities are "keeping government small, promoting business and law and order."
- Michael BurmannOwner and operator of Burmann's Home Inspections
Born in Woodstock, Ill., Burmann, 60, came to Hernando County 37 years ago. He has unsuccessfully run for County Commission twice as a Republican. "With no Democrat candidate in the race, it was the perfect time to run as an NPA candidate. Why now? Because we need a commissioner that can work with others to find common ground, both with the citizens on each side of the aisle, and with the City of Brooksville," Burmann said.