Jim Norman likely to skip County Commission farewell
Jim Norman, who was elected Tuesday to the District 12 state Senate seat, apparently is taking a pass on the Hillsborough County Commission's farewell ceremonies tomorrow. A news release from the county reads: "At the end of their regular Board meeting tomorrow, Hillsborough County Commissioners will hold a farewell ceremony to recognize and thank Commissioners Rose Ferlita and Kevin White for their service. Both Commissioners are ending their terms. Commissioner Jim Norman is not expected to attend this event."
At the 2:15 p.m. event at County Center, White, who lost to Les Miller in the Democratic primary, and Ferlita, who is running for mayor of Tampa, will be presented with plaques and video retrospectives of their time on the board. A reception will follow. Ferlita and White have served one term each. Norman has been on the commisison for nearly 20 years. His election to the senate was fraught with drama when a lawsuit filed by Kevin Ambler, who lost to Norman in the Republican primary, revealed that a home Norman's wife owns in Arkansas was paid for in part by $500,000 from businessman Ralph Hughes, a frequent speaker at County Commission meetings. A judge kicked Norman off the general election ballot, saying he should have included the investment on his state-required financial disclosure forms. Norman appealed, and was put back on the ballot. Facing two write-in candidates yesterday, Norman won with a little more than 50 percent of the vote. In some precincts, he didn't even win a majority.