TAMPA — Democrat Elizabeth Belcher, a retired IRS investigator, filed election papers this week to run against incumbent Republican County Commissioner Victor Crist.
Belcher filed Monday for District 2, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.
This will be the second run for office for Belcher, who lost in 2012 to incumbent Republican state Sen. Tom Lee. She won 46 percent of the vote in that race.
Belcher, 63, has previously appeared at Hillsborough County Commission meetings to speak against incentives commissioners approved for Amazon and Bass Pro Shop to locate in the county.
"I spent my life watching people pull stunts, and I see it happening on the County Commission," Belcher said. "They are misusing our tax funds. ... They only listen to the deep pockets of fat-cat developers."
Crist is running for a second four-year term representing northern Hillsborough. Before being elected to his first term on the commission in 2010, Crist served 10 years in the state Senate and eight years in the state House of Representatives.