Doing the victory dance in Hillsborough
Sheriff David Gee, a Republican, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank, a Democrat, waltzed into another term today when the qualifying deadline for candidates passed and there were no challengers to their posts. Both Frank and Gee tipped their hats to their staffs when discussing their easy wins, saying smooth-running offices kept opposition at bay.
In other races: Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson will face Democrat Phyllis Busansky, a former Hillsborough County Commissioner; property appraiser Rob Turner will face Rob Townsend in the Republican primary, the winner of which will face Democrat Ken Ayers in November; and Tax Collector Doug Belden, a Republican, drew one opponent, Beverly Harris, a Wimauma resident with no party affiliation.
--Janet Zink, Times staff writer