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Dingfelder to run for County Commission



TAMPA -- The musical chairs continue.

Two-term Tampa City Council member John Dingfelder, a Democrat, has filed the papers necessary to begin raising money for the District 1 Hillsborough County Commission seat.

That post is currently held by Republican Rose Ferlita, who is considering whether to run for mayor of Tampa in 2011. Ferlita is in her first term as a county commissioner and previously served on the City Council.

Dingfelder would not say what he will do if Ferlita decides to seek a second term on the County Commission rather than run for mayor. His current district overlaps partly with the District 1 County Commission seat, which represents south and west Tampa, as well as the shoreline neighborhoods of east and south Hillsborough.

"I think it's a natural progression for me," Dingfelder said. "I think I can add a lot to the debate over there on some important issues."

-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:49am]


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