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2040084 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-01-24 22:06:41.0 UTC 2012-01-24T17:06:41.000-05:00 content/sharpe-mulling-viability-congressional-campaign published 2012-01-24 22:06:41.0 UTC 2012-01-24T17:06:41.000-05:00 drupal 114552 Whispers are growing louder that Republican Mark Sharpe may press the eject button on his challenge to Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, in the District 11 Congressional campaign. Sharpe said he's still firmly in the race. But he acknowledged that he's closely following the redistricting debate in Tallahassee to see how boundaries are redrawn. And signs so far point to the district, which takes in much of Tampa, but also Democrat-tilted parts of southern St. Petersburg and Manatee County, remaining much like it is now. Meaning heavily tilted in favor of Democrats. "Right now I’m just basically waiting to see the maps," Sharpe said. "I’m not pullting the plug. At the same time, we’ve tried to be clear that we want a competitive district. So I’m just waiting to see what the legislature gives us." While those maps may become clearer in coming weeks, potential court challenges could drag out the process. Federal Elections Commission records show Castor easily outpacing Sharpe in raising campaign money -- she has a better than 5 to 1 edge, though the latest reports available were through September. Sharpe said that will improve if new district boundaries make the campaign a fairer fight. He said he's not looking for a Republican majority of registered voters, just a close enough split to give him a reasonable shot. Sharpe currently has more then two years left on his term as a Hillsborough County commissioner and could elect to continue in the post. Even if he stays in the race and loses, that's still an option. Bill Varian the-buzz-florida-politics U.S. Congress,Kathy Castor,Mark Sharpe Sharpe mulling viability of Congressional campaign templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2012/01/24/114552-sharpe-mulling-viability-congressional-campaign BlogArticle Whispers are growing louder that Republican Mark Sharpe may press the eject button on his challenge to Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, in the District 11 Congressional campaign.U.S. Congress,Kathy Castor,Mark SharpeU.S. Congress,Kathy Castor,Mark SharpeBill Varian 380325 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:42:17.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:42:17.000-04:00 bill-varian published Bill Varian <p>Bill Varian became the Tampa night city editor for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> in early 2014 after writing about Hillsborough County government and politics for 13 years. He joined the <i>Times</i> in 1999 as a crime reporter in Citrus County after five years of writing about growth-related issues and city hall for the <i>Tallahassee Democrat</i>. A 1990 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., he also has worked at newspapers in Augusta, Ga., and Burlington, N.C. Between school and his first news gig, he had a bartending job that required him to dress like a monk. He lives in Tampa.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33746461 Bill Varian became the Tampa night city editor for the Tampa Bay Times in early 2014 after writing about Hillsborough County government and politics for 13 years. He joined the Times in 1999 as a crime reporter in Citrus County after five years of writing about growth-related issues and city hall for the Tallahassee Democrat. A 1990 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., he also has worked at newspapers in Augusta, Ga., and Burlington, N.C. Between school and his first news gig, he had a bartending job that required him to dress like a monk. He lives in Tampa. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3387</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:varian@tampabay.com ">varian@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/VarianTimes">@VarianTimes</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Varian_Bill_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746461-bill-varian AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:42:17.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:42:17.000-04:00 2265042 2016-02-11 18:04:18.0 UTC 6 Months Ago rep-kathy-castor-to-lead-congressional-trip-to-cuba the-buzz-florida-politics Rep. Kathy Castor to lead congressional trip to Cuba BlogArticle 2270232 2016-03-21 22:29:37.0 UTC 5 Months Ago rep-kathy-castor-says-cuba-critics-are-wrong the-buzz-florida-politics Rep. Kathy Castor says Cuba critics are wrong BlogArticle 2269335 2016-03-14 22:25:25.0 UTC 5 Months Ago rep-kathy-castor-to-travel-to-cuba-with-president-obama the-buzz-florida-politics Rep. Kathy Castor to travel to Cuba with President Obama BlogArticle <p>Whispers are growing louder that Republican Mark Sharpe may press the eject button on his challenge to Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, in the District 11 Congressional campaign.</p> <p>Sharpe said he's still firmly in the race. But he acknowledged that he's closely following the redistricting debate in Tallahassee to see&nbsp;how boundaries are redrawn. And signs so far point to the district, which takes in much of Tampa, but also Democrat-tilted parts of southern St. Petersburg and&nbsp;Manatee&nbsp;County, remaining much like it is now. Meaning heavily tilted in favor of Democrats.</p> <p>&quot;R<font size="2">ight now I’m just basically waiting to see the maps,&quot; Sharpe said. &quot;I’m not pullting the plug. At the same time, we’ve tried to be clear that we want a competitive district. So I’m just waiting to see what the legislature gives us.&quot; </font></p> <p><font size="2">While those maps may become clearer in coming weeks, potential court challenges could drag out the process.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Federal Elections Commission records show Castor easily outpacing Sharpe&nbsp;in raising campaign money&nbsp;-- she has a better than 5 to 1 edge, though the latest reports available were through September. Sharpe said that will improve if new district boundaries make the campaign a fairer fight. He said he's not looking for a Republican majority of registered voters, just a close enough split to give him a reasonable shot.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Sharpe currently has more then two years left on his term as a Hillsborough County commissioner and could elect to continue in the post. Even if he stays in the race and loses, that's still an option.</font></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:54:21