Belcher to resign as chairwoman of Hillsborough Democratic Party
In a surprise this week, Elizabeth Belcher announced she will resign as chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party next month. She has served less than a year.
Former Pinellas County chairman Mark Hanisee says he'll run to replace her.
Hanisee, who is employed as development director for the party, is given credit by some for boosting its fundraising this year. He still lives in Pinellas County, which would make him ineligible for the Hillsborough Party post, but said he intends to move.
Hanisee also said if elected, he'll keep the development director position, which pays him a $1,000 salary and $500 for expenses per month.
Hanisee served as Pinellas chairman from 2010 to 2014, when he lost a re-election battle to Susan McGrath, in the wake of a controversy over his urging a prominent black minister not to oppose Alex Sink in a U.S. House primary.