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Lutz guv'na hopefuls happy for a handout

Michele Northrup raised about $17,000 to earn her stripes as last year’s Lutz guv’na.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times (2007)

Michele Northrup raised about $17,000 to earn her stripes as last year’s Lutz guv’na.

LUTZ — It's an election year, and Terri Williamson is promising superpowers for all if she's elected.

Williamson is running for the local office of the Lutz guv'na, the only race that is up front about buying votes.

Now in its 16th year, the mock guv'na race is a fundraising campaign sponsored by the Lutz Civic Association in which the candidate who raises the most money takes the title.

"Last year was the most successful one we've ever had," said Auralee Buckingham, a board member of the civic association.

Michele Northrup of Learning Gate Elementary School raised about $17,000 of the total $27,633.90, which went to Lutz nonprofit organizations, including Lutz Nature Park, the Lutz Volunteer Fire Department, the Old Lutz School and Nye Park.

"The first guv'na of Lutz only raised $500, so we've come a long way, baby," Buckingham said. "We're not trying to beat last year's amount. We just want to have fun with it."

Fundraising events kicked off with a barbecue last month at the Lutz Community Center. For the first time ever, the event was sold out, with 135 dinners being served to a full community center.

"I think it's going to be a wonderful year," Buckingham said.

Candidates have hit the campaign trail with various fundraising events through July.

A flea market to benefit all four candidates will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Train Depot Park at U.S. 41 and Lutz-Lake Fern Road.

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the July 4 parade.

The four candidates, Page 12

Sandy Elmore

Log cabin dweller Sandy Elmore of Lake Wilson.


"Build a Better Lutz, One Log at a Time."


Ladies' Thursday luncheons June 12, 19 and 26, 11:45 a.m. at the Lutz Community Center. The cost is $5. Lunch is prepared and served by the Lutz/Land O'Lakes Woman's Club.

An Evening at Scrap and Sew, 6 to midnight June 20. Cost of $15, and 10 percent of sales will go to the guv'na race. Scrap & Sew is in the Van Dyke Commons Shopping Center at Van Dyke and Dale Mabry.

Bunco and Avon Party, 3 to 5 p.m. June 22 at the Lutz Community Center. Cost is $10. There will be prizes.

Spaghetti dinner, 5 to 8 p.m. June 29 at the Lutz Community Center. Cost is $5.

Denise Hopkinson

Scraporium owner Denise Hopkinson of Northdale.


"DeLutz Guv'na Gives Back."


All Day Crop, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 at the Lutz Community Center. $25 fee includes goody bag, lunch, raffle, silent auction and vendors. All scrapbookers are welcome.

Ice Cream Social, June 21 at Mike's Pies, 17693 Dale Mabry Highway N in the Van Dyke Commons shopping center. A percentage of the day's proceeds will be given to the guv'na campaign.

Terri Burgess

Lutz Elementary School teacher Terri Burgess.


"A Little Leather and Lace for the Guv'na Race."


Little Lutz Rally Motorcycle Run, 9 a.m. June 28 at the Train Depot Park in Lutz. The ride will end at 1 p.m. at Ukulele Brand's Restaurant at 4805 Land O'Lakes Blvd.

Terri Williamson

Newspaper account manager Terri Williamson, Willow Bend.


"Superpowers for All."


Family Fun Carnival, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in front of the Lutz Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road W. The cost is $5 and includes inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting and a Superman look-alike contest. Contest fee is $5 and will allow all superhero entrants a ride on Williamson's superhero float in the Lutz Fourth of July parade.

Lutz Pride Luau, 1 to 5 p.m. June 28 at the L.A. Hang Out, 16411 N Florida Ave. Cost to be determined; includes a pig roast and silent auction to include salon and cosmetic packages and a fitness membership.

Raffle of a 32-inch Sony LCD TV with flat screen monitor donated from Badcock Furniture. Tickets are $10 (limited to 100 tickets) and are available at the carnival and luau.

Lutz guv'na hopefuls happy for a handout 06/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:24am]
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