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Hillsborough County supervisor of elections field grows to 15

TAMPA — The field of applicants seeking to become Hillsborough County's next supervisor of elections has grown to 15.

On Tuesday, the governor's office released the names of five more people vying for the $132,000 position, which was left vacant when Phyllis Busansky died of natural causes two weeks ago. They are:

• Daniel Ballister, 44, Democrat, a self-employed public affairs professional.

• Liana Fox, 62, Democrat, math professor at Hillsborough Community College and member of the League of Women Voters.

• Charles Hart III, 64, Republican, business consultant who served as a Hillsborough County commissioner from 1994 to 2002.

• Gary Santti, 55, Republican, an unemployed civil engineer.

• Allen Strauss, 62, no party affiliation, former chief financial officer for LLS Entertainment Inc. in Lakeland.

They join a field that already includes five Republicans — David Agliano, 52, former owner of Valencia Garden restaurant; state Sen. Victor Crist, 52; Janet Dougherty, 47, an environmental consultant; former state Rep. Sandy Murman, 58; and Joe Robinson, 55, an engineering consultant.

The Democrats are Bob Henriquez, 44, circuit administrator for the Florida Department of Children and Families in Pasco and Pinellas counties; Craig Latimer, 56, a former sheriff's major and Busansky's chief of staff in the elections office; Lee Nelson, 32, a Democrat and an information technology consultant; and Michael van Hoek, 50, a Democrat and program director for career education at Southwest Florida College.

Aside from Strauss, the only person without a party affiliation is Rosemary Goudreau, who was the Tampa Tribune's editorial page editor from 2003 to 2008.

Gov. Charlie Crist hasn't set a deadline for deciding who he'll appoint to take the place of Busansky, a Democrat.

The last time a governor appointed a supervisor in Hills­borough County was when Gov. Jeb Bush selected Buddy Johnson from a field of 17 in 2003.

Hillsborough County supervisor of elections field grows to 15 07/07/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 8:10pm]
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