Alan Clendenin moves to Hampton, back in race for chairman of state Democratic Party
Veteran Democratic activist Alan Clendenin of Tampa is back in the turbulent race for chairman of the state Democratic Party, but to do it he had to move to Hampton — a town just east of U.S. 301 near Starke with an estimated population of 488 and a reputation as a speed trap.
Clendenin's hopes for the state chairmanship appeared to be dashed two weeks ago when he lost an election for a position in the Hillsborough County party organization that would have made him eligible to run for the state job. His opponents in that vote said they hoped to thwart his state chairmanship race.
But he has friends in Bradford County, where Hampton is located, and the Bradford County Democratic Party had an opening for a similar position.
Starting the day after he lost the Hillsborough County race, Clendenin said, he rented a home in Hampton, switched his voter registration from Hillsborough to Bradford, and won an election Monday night as the county party's delegate to the state Democratic executive committee.
That makes him eligible once again for the state chairmanship race.