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Hillsborough's Blair headed for cage match



Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair attracted the most attention among the three board members seeking reelection in November. The qualifying period ended at noon Friday.

Blair will have to weather a Republican primary opponent and then face off against the winner of a three-way race for Democrats to return for a second term in the at-large, District 6 seat.

The Democrats are strip club owner and businessman Joe Redner, making his eighth stab at winning an elected office; Denise Layne, a community activist and paralegal making her third run at County Commission and Kevin Beckner, a financial planner who is seeking office for the first time.

Beckner contrasted himself with his primary lot as someone who can bring new eyes to the commission and who has the background dealing with money needed for these trying times.

"I offer a fresh voice," he said. "I'm not in the thick of the forest. I'm on the outside of the forest."

Blair's primary opponent is Don Kruse, a sales manager for Bill Currie Ford.

-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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