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#StopTBX activist drops primary challenge to Commissioner Les Miller



TAMPA — It looks like Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller won’t have a primary opponent after all.

Democrat Kimberly Overman said last week that she planned to challenge Miller for his District 3 commissioner seat and submitted paperwork on June 13 to run.

But today, Overman, a financial analyst and Seminole Heights activist, sent a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office withdrawing from the race. On her Facebook page, she cited Miller’s vote last night against Tampa Bay Express as one reason for dropping out.

Overman has been a vocal opponent of the highway expansion, known locally as TBX.

“Running against Lesley Miller was not going to accomplish that goal,” she wrote. “It would replace one seasoned public servant trying to protect the citizens of District 3 with a strongly passionate advocate without a decade political advocacy experience. The stakes are too big for that risk to be taken in District 3 right now.”

Miller has already qualified for the ballot. He could still face a general election opponent if Republican Willie Lawson also qualifies. He would need to pay a $5,746.92 filing fee by tomorrow’s noon deadline to do so.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:05pm]


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