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1107453 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-07-08 08:30:00.0 UTC 2010-07-08T04:30:00.000-04:00 stephanie-ensor-wins-race-for-guvna-of-lutz Published 2010-07-07 19:00:41.0 UTC 2010-07-07T15:00:41.000-04:00 news/humaninterest DTI 64238464 LUTZ — This is a small and quirky community with some big and quirky traditions. Independence Day, for instance, means not only celebrating the nation's birthday, but formally proclaiming Lutz itself to be "independent, cranky, contrary and forever its own sovereign self." On that day, the community symbolically secedes from Hillsborough County and the state of Florida until midnight, or the moment when the guv'na of Lutz's chicken lays a double-yolked egg, whichever comes first. And it means honoring the person who raises the most money for local nonprofit groups and community causes. This year that is Stephanie Ensor, who outpaced three other candidates to raise about $3,100 to win the guv'naship. As is the local custom, Ensor put on a red and white striped hat and took the oath of office on a copy of what's known around Lutz as the sacred book, Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, during Saturday's Independence Day celebration. She promised to rally to the causes of the people of Lutz, as long as they're trivial, and to preside over community functions, if she's invited. "I didn't win this by myself," said Ensor, who held about five fundraising events and sold fake seats in her Cabinet for $50 each. "All I did was facilitate it. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to get out in the community." Ensor, 38, owns the Flip Flop Embroidery Shoppe, an online business that specializes in custom embroidery and promotional products. She has lived in Lutz for 10 years, and she and her husband, Troy, have two girls, Hailey, 12, and Ashley, 11. Each candidate for guv'na is allowed to choose a nonprofit to receive part of their funds raised. Ensor said she has chosen the Learning Gate Community School. The naming of the guv'na culminates Lutz's Independence Day celebrations, held on Saturday this year so as not to interfere with church services on the Fourth of July. As usual, the celebration included a parade, 5K road race and charity cake auction, which sold 32 cakes and pies, including a 5 1/2-pound apple pie. The auction raised $811, with the highest price, $55, being paid for Alexa Gardner's red velvet cake. In a twist, outgoing Guv'na Suzin Carr would not give up the office's ceremonial red sash. During the inauguration, she handed Ensor a sash, then pulled off her shirt to reveal an identical red sash, which she said she intends to keep. "I just can't let it go," said Carr, independent, cranky and contrary to the end. Richard Danielson can be reached at Danielson@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3403. By Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer Human Interest_News,Hillsborough,News Stephanie Ensor wins race for guv'na of Lutz RDANIELSONN Another guv'na buys her way into office in Lutz's annual charity ritual. NTP North of Tampa djj25sc2hjvt djj25 Money and politics, sorta Lutz 1 NtpLutzGuvna070910 Money and politics, sorta 2010-07-09 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-07-09T00:00:00.000-04:00 Stephanie Ensor, 38, left, is sworn in as the new guv&#8217;na of Lutz by Paul Vahue on Saturday. resources/images/dti/2010/07/ntp_Lutz_070910_129796a.jpg RICHARD DANIELSON | Times resources/images/dti/rendered/2010/07/ntp_Lutz_070910_129796a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2010/07/ntp_Lutz_070910_129796a_8col.jpg Stephanie Ensor is named Lutz Guv'na. Stephanie Ensor, Lutz true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/07/08/64238464-stephanie-ensor-wins-race-for-guvna-of-lutz StaffArticle news,human interest_newsHuman Interest News ArticlesStephanie Ensor, LutzRichard Danielson 380964 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:51:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:51:06.000-04:00 richard-danielson published Richard Danielson <p>Richard Danielson covers city government and politics in Tampa. He grew up in Clearwater and joined the <i>Times</i> in 1987. This is his second tour at City Hall (the first was from 1992 to '97). His other reporting assignments at the <i>Times</i> have included covering local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as the <i>Times</i>' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his current assignment, he is the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's <a href="www.politifact.com/florida/promises/buck-o-meter">Buck-O-Meter</a>, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35493284 Richard Danielson covers city government and politics in Tampa. He grew up in Clearwater and joined the Times in 1987. This is his second tour at City Hall (the first was from 1992 to '97). His other reporting assignments at the Times have included covering local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as the Times' Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his current assignment, he is the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida's Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's performance on 34 campaign promises. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3403</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:rdanielson@tampabay.com">rdanielson@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/Danielson_Times">@Danielson_Times</a></p> 1 NP_262258_GARN_facebook_31&#10;CAPTION: (Clearwater, Fl, 02/29/2008) PREFERRED PHOTO OF Rick Danielson (cq) for Facebook JOSEPH GARNETT, JR. | Times; STORY SUMMARY: /resources/images/dti/2012/10/ntp_Danielson_040309.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35493284-richard-danielson AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:51:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:51:06.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">RICHARD DANIELSON</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2289831 2016-08-17 15:54:18.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago uncle-maddios-brings-first-tampa-bay-location-to-lutz news/business Uncle Maddio's brings first Tampa Bay location to Lutz StaffArticle 2287529 2016-07-31 01:12:47.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago race-defies-floridaspattern-8212-or-does-it news/politics/stateroundup Race defies Florida's pattern — or does it? StaffArticle 2290203 2016-08-19 15:41:12.0 UTC 1 Week Ago property-appraiser-race-a-contest-of-different-styles-qualifications news/politics/elections Property appraiser race a contest of different styles, qualifications StaffArticle <p>LUTZ — This is a small and quirky community with some big and quirky traditions.</p> <p>Independence Day, for instance, means not only celebrating the nation's birthday, but formally proclaiming Lutz itself to be &quot;independent, cranky, contrary and forever its own sovereign self.&quot;</p> <p>On that day, the community symbolically secedes from Hillsborough County and the state of Florida until midnight, or the moment when the guv'na of Lutz's chicken lays a double-yolked egg, whichever comes first.</p> <p>And it means honoring the person who raises the most money for local nonprofit groups and community causes. This year that is Stephanie Ensor, who outpaced three other candidates to raise about $3,100 to win the guv'naship.</p> <p>As is the local custom, Ensor put on a red and white striped hat and took the oath of office on a copy of what's known around Lutz as the sacred book, Dr. Seuss's <i>Green Eggs and Ham</i>, during Saturday's Independence Day celebration. She promised to rally to the causes of the people of Lutz, as long as they're trivial, and to preside over community functions, if she's invited.</p> <p>&quot;I didn't win this by myself,&quot; said Ensor, who held about five fundraising events and sold fake seats in her Cabinet for $50 each. &quot;All I did was facilitate it. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to get out in the community.&quot;</p> <p>Ensor, 38, owns the Flip Flop Embroidery Shoppe, an online business that specializes in custom embroidery and promotional products. She has lived in Lutz for 10 years, and she and her husband, Troy, have two girls, Hailey, 12, and Ashley, 11.</p> <p>Each candidate for guv'na is allowed to choose a nonprofit to receive part of their funds raised. Ensor said she has chosen the Learning Gate Community School.</p> <p>The naming of the guv'na culminates Lutz's Independence Day celebrations, held on Saturday this year so as not to interfere with church services on the Fourth of July. As usual, the celebration included a parade, 5K road race and charity cake auction, which sold 32 cakes and pies, including a 5 1/2-pound apple pie. The auction raised $811, with the highest price, $55, being paid for Alexa Gardner's red velvet cake.</p> <p>In a twist, outgoing Guv'na Suzin Carr would not give up the office's ceremonial red sash. During the inauguration, she handed Ensor a sash, then pulled off her shirt to reveal an identical red sash, which she said she intends to keep.</p> <p>&quot;I just can't let it go,&quot; said Carr, independent, cranky and contrary to the end.</p> <p><i>Richard Danielson can be reached at Danielson@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3403.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:41:56