Some candidates getting a jump on 2012 elections
Let's switch gears for a moment from the ongoing Tampa city elections to the 2012 races.
Six local candidates have gotten a jump on next November. They've already filed paperwork with the Hillsborough elections supervisor for the November 2012 cycle: Jackie Beiro, a Democrat for supervisor of elections; Julianne De Priest and Willie Lee Lawson, both Republicans for County Commission District 3 (central and north Tampa); Kevin Beckner, a Democrat for County Commission District 6 (at large); and Cynthia L. Stuart for the Hillsborough School Board District 3 (north county).
Lawson, 50, kicked off his campaign for county commission Thursday, despite the mayoral race's lingering hold on voters' attention.
"County Commission races have a very short amount of time to be special," he said, before presidential candidates steal the spotlight.
Next year, Hillsborough County residents will vote for clerk of the Circuit Court, sheriff, property appraiser, tax collector and supervisor of elections. They will also elect county commissioners for Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, and School Board members for Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7.
Still riveted by the runoffs? Not to worry -- candidates have until next year to qualify to run for these county offices.
-- Stephanie Wang, Times Staff Writer