Monday, February 19, 2018
Politics

Hillsborough sheriff, state Senate candidate facing write-in opponents

Two candidates on the ballot in Hillsborough County are being challenged by write-in opponents on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, a Republican, is being challenged by Robert O. "Grumpy Bob" Wirengard. County records show Gee had raised $248,945 as of Oct. 16 to defend his seat against Wirengard, who has no party affiliation and lost a bid for county judge in 2004. No Democrat filed to run in the race.

In the state Senate District 22 race, first-term House member Jeff Brandes faces write-in candidate Raymond A. Baker.

Brandes, who entered the race June 1 and has raised $234,000, defeated political veteran Jim Frishe in the August Republican primary election. Baker entered the race June 6 and has not raised any money. Senate District 22 includes parts of Pinellas County as well as South Tampa.

Times staff

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