Only $240,000 more to go
The folks who want an elected Hillsborough County mayor are touting the success of their first major fundraiser since getting the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.
They raised about $10,000, according to an announcement from the Elected County Mayor Political Committee Inc. Mary Ann Stiles, the lawyer-lobbyist who heads the group, hopes to raise about $250,000.
The June 17 fundraiser at the Avila home of Stiles and her husband, Barry Smith, drew about 100 people, the group says.
"We are continuously encouraged by the new people who are joining our cause and contributing to our efforts," Stiles said. "Many people from various political realms and community causes have stepped up to help change Hillsborough County government to one that will be more responsive to the people."
-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer