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Fundraisers on tap for Michael Scionti, Mary Mulhern and Ed Narain



Judicial candidate Michael Scionti, County Commission candidate Mary Mulhern and legislative candidate Ed Narain all have fundraisers coming up this month:

Michael Scionti

Scionti plans to kick off his campaign for Hillsborough Circuit Court Wednesday at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Scionti is running for the Group 19 seat in the 13th Judicial Circuit, which covers Hillsborough County. Kim Hernandez Vance, a commercial litigation attorney and shareholder in the Tampa office of Gray Robinson, also has filed to run for the seat. Scionti is a former prosecutor, an Army Reserve veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former state representative and a federal appointee who has held posts in the Department of Defense and State Department.

The host committee for Scionti's kickoff includes Hillsborough constitutional officers (Tax Collector Doug Belden, Sheriff David Gee, Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, Public Defender Julie Holt and State Attorney Mark Ober), current and former Tampa mayors (Bob Buckhorn, Sandy Freedman and Dick Greco), current and former county commissioners (Kevin Beckner, Les Miller, Sandra Murman, Mark Sharpe and Joe Chillura), current and former City Council members (Charlie Miranda, Yvonne Yolie Capin, Frank Reddick, Gwen Miller and Thomas Scott) current and former state legislators (Janet Cruz-Rifkin, Rich Glorioso, Betty Reed and Helen Gordon Davis), plus former Congressman Jim Davis, former Florida House speaker H. Lee Moffitt and former Florida chief financial officer Alex Sink. For more information, visit or email

Mary Mulhern

Mark Anderson and Keith Bucklew will host a reception for Mulhern on June 26. Mulhern, a current member of the Tampa City Council, is running for the District 7 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. The countywide seat will open in 2014 when Mark Sharpe leaves because of term limits. Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin and District 4 County Commissioner Al Higginbotham also have filed to run for the seat.

The host committee for the reception includes former City Council member Linda Saul-Sena, Jane and Gary Gibbons, David Hall, Patricia Kemp, Sara and Mort Richter, Sara and David Scher, Judy Tampa, Rosemary Armstrong and Sandy Weinberg, Wendy Cartwright, Debbe Kelley and Charlie Beehler, Peggy Land, Rick Martinez, Bill Rain, Rochelle Reback, Ken Stoltenberg, and Starr and Kevin Wren. For information, visit or email

Ed Narain

Narain will hold a reception at the Tampa Club on June 27. An area manager for AT&T and a volunteer for organizations benefiting children and young people, Narain is running for the state House District 61 seat now held by Rep. Betty Reed, who will leave office in 2014 because of term limits. Three other candidates also have filed to run: lawyer and consumer advocate Sean Shaw, community activist Tatiana M. Denson, and former Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee vice chairwoman Sharon Carter.

The host committee for Narain's reception includes former City Council member Gwen Miller, Dr. Kendra Sweet and Nate Bahill, Moses and Ladina Allen, Robert and Michelle Blalock, Hosetta Coleman, Anddrikk L. Frazier, Louis Finney, Ernest Greene Jr., Michael and Sonya Hadley, Jackie Hearns, Andresea Jackson, Peggy Land, Candy Lowe, Eddie and Sue MacArthur, Jerel McCants, Clinton and Samanthia Paris, Cedric Powell, Joe Jordan Robinson, Dr. Aaron Smith, Michael and Trish Stephens, Allen L. Thompson Jr. and Lisa Yob. For information, visit or email

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:55am]


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