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It's a race between an insider and a longtime politician. Craig Latimer retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office as a major before he became chief of staff at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Rich Glorioso retired as a colonel in the Air Force before becoming a Plant City commissioner and state representative. Both are vying to replace retiring Earl Lennard, the former Hillsborough schools superintendent, who took over as supervisor of elections in 2009 and stabilized the office after years of controversy.
Justin George, Times staff writer

Craig Latimer, 60

Chief of staff, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office

Rich Glorioso, 68

Florida state representative

Democrat Party Republican
Latimer has been chief of staff at the Supervisor of Elections Office since 2009. Prior to that, he spent 35 years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, starting as a crime scene investigator and retiring as a major in 2008. He also worked and supervised investigations of homicides and major crimes. He is a Hillsborough County native who lives in the northwest part of the county. Experience Glorioso finished his fourth term as a state representative in District 62, representing northeastern Hillsborough County. He served as a Plant City commissioner from 1998 to 2004. He served in the Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a colonel. During his tenure, he was a pilot, instructor, flight commander, logistics group commander and he operated and ran computer systems.
Bachelor's degree, industrial/technical education, University of South Florida Education Bachelor's degree, mathematics , Northeastern University; master's degree, management, Central Michigan University
Not at all. The absentee system works with its checks and balances including signature verifications and the oversight of the canvassing board. People who vote by mail ballot cannot vote by regular vote, too. Do you think absentee voter fraud is widespread? I think there's an issue with voter fraud, and I say this because the supervisor of elections in Madison County was removed after she was charged with fraud during a School Board election. There was also a person arrested in Hialeah on suspicion of voter fraud. Whether it's widespread or not, I don't know, but it does show it's an issue.
Dr. Lennard, an educator, implemented training programs for clerks, polling clerks as well as customer service training for the staff. Machines were brought into training rooms for hands-on practice. I would continue to hone that training and stay abreast of laws and industry trends. What did Earl Lennard do right that you can build on and what would you improve upon? He returned integrity to the office and instilled confidence in the staff, which provided a good environment for them to do their job. I can bring the same qualities but also a leadership style that is not top-down but one that empowers teams to continually improve the processes. I understand quality control from the military, and it's something needed in the office to help catch mistakes.
We got the results in 90 minutes in the last election so I don't know how much quicker we can be. But the area of advancement will be when voting machines will be able to scan ballots, as they do now, and store an image of the ballot. People talk about having Internet voting someday but you don't know who's on the end of that, and it could bring about fraud for sure. What technological advances can you think of that might improve elections, accuracy or expediency of results? Before I ran, I met with two supervisors of elections in other counties, a Democrat and Republican. One of them is a mathematical expert who was able to use historical data to accurately figure out how many machines are needed at polling precincts to cut down wait lines and get people in and out in a hurry. That's something I would study and institute.
No. 1, I have conducted elections. I am very familiar with the statutes and rules that govern elections. I am also intimately familiar with the technical equipment to coordinate an election. Our office helped re-establish respect among other elections offices. I'm also an organized administrator who built the child protection investigations division at the Sheriff's Office from finding a building to the staffing of 100 civilian investigators, other personnel and supervisors. Why are you better qualified for the job? I have the leadership experience, No. 1. There's a big difference between a staff member and the leader of an organization, and I've done both. I have a record of high integrity from when I joined the military in the middle of the Vietnam War to my whole career as a legislator in Hillsborough County. I have educational experience understanding computers, and coordinating large-scale air mission operations including airlift operations and deployment operations.
Primary home, real estate holdings, bank accounts, stocks Assets Primary home, rental properties, bank accounts, mutual funds
Two mortgages Liabilities Personal loan
Salary Income Salary, military retirement, Social Security, rental home
Married; one son Personal Married; two sons
craiglatimer.com Website voteglorioso.com
latimer2012@gmail.com Email voteglorioso@att.net

About the job: The elections supervisor administers elections and voter registration for Hillsborough County. The elections supervisor serves a four-year term and is paid $133,622 a year.

Hillsborough County supervisor of elections: Craig Latimer (D), Rich Glorioso (R)

It's a race between an insider and a longtime politician. Craig Latimer retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office as a major before he became chief of staff at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Rich Glorioso retired as a colonel in the Air Force before becoming a Plant City commissioner and state representative. Both are vying to replace retiring Earl Lennard, the former Hillsborough schools superintendent, who took over as supervisor of elections in 2009 and stabilized the office after years of controversy.

Hillsborough County supervisor of elections: Craig Latimer (D), Rich Glorioso (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 5:07pm]

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