Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Six make short list for Hillsborough supervisor of elections

TAMPA — Fewer than a third of those applying for Hillsborough County supervisor of elections will be interviewed by the person making the hire, Gov. Charlie Crist.

Of the 21 who have applied so far for the $132,000 job left vacant two weeks ago when Phyllis Busansky died, Crist plans to interview six, said his spokesman, Sterling Ivey. Some will be interviewed in Tampa today.

Crist, who is a Republican, said he won't limit his pick to those from his own party to replace Busansky, who was a Democrat.

"I would consider all," he said Thursday to reporters in Tallahassee. "That's why I'm looking forward to the interviews in Hillsborough County. I think there are some very qualified candidates, and I look forward to discussing that with them — some of them."

It's a short list of two Democrats and four Republicans. They are:

• State Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, 52 (no relation to Gov. Crist).

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

• Robert Henriquez, 44, Democrat, circuit administrator for the Florida Department of Children and Families in Pasco and Pinellas counties and a former state representative.

• Craig Latimer, 56, Democrat, a former sheriff's major and Busansky's chief of staff in the elections office.

• Earl Lennard, 67, Republican, an energy conservation consultant who served as Hillsborough's superintendent of schools from 1996 to 2005.

• Sandy Murman, 58, Republican, a business consultant and former state representative.

Ivey said two more people might be interviewed, but not all would be interviewed in person. Crist will interview some of the candidates today at 4 p.m. in a boardroom at the Tampa International Airport.

There's much scrutiny on who Crist will pick, considering that the last governor's appointment to this office was Buddy Johnson. Gov. Jeb Bush selected Johnson, a Republican, from a field of 17 in 2003. His years as elections supervisor were troubled and marked by Election Day gaffes and spending mishaps. The FBI started an investigation in February of the office.

Latimer is getting pushed hard by local Democrats as the most suitable of choices. Pat Kemp, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, is promoting him on her Facebook page with an "Appoint Craig Latimer Supervisor of Elections" group. In a post on Thursday, she said Crist called her and she told him, in a five-minute discussion, to appoint Latimer.

When asked Thursday what qualities he's looking for in the next supervisor, Crist responded: "Well, there's several things, obviously: integrity, competence, knowledge and what their general experiences are."

Times Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet contributed to this story. Michael Van Sickler can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3402

Six make short list for Hillsborough supervisor of elections 07/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 10, 2009 12:03am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Bruno Mars' charisma glitters like gold at Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Nothing in this world should be as easy as Bruno Mars makes it look. Not singing, not dancing, and certainly not playfully seducing more than 17,500 starry-eyed Tampa fans with one of pop music’s best bands at your back.

    Bruno Mars performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Oct. 19, 2017.
  2. Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev said he blacked out for a few seconds after his first NHL goal Thursday night, a rocket slap shot from the point.

    Mikhail Sergachev, front, looks like he’s very in the moment with teammate Dan Girardi after scoring his first NHL goal, though he says he blacked out for a bit. He scores again in the second.
  3. Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to win pennant, head to World Series for first time since '88

    Ml

    CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

    The Dodgers celebrate their Game 5 victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, putting Los Angeles in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
  4. Another suspicious death in Tampa's Seminole Heights

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police were investigating what they were calling a suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night, near the location of two fatal shootings last week.

    Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan addresses reporters about the latest suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]
  5. Duke tops preseason coaches' basketball poll; Gators No. 7

    College

    Duke has been tabbed basketball's preseason No. 1 for the second straight season in the coaches' poll, released Thursday.

    Florida point guard Chris Chiozza launches the shot of last season’s NCAA Tournament, a winning 3
against Wisconsin that put the Gators into the Elite Eight. Chiozza returns to lead a UF team that’s getting its share of preseason attention, including a No. 7 ranking in the coaches’ poll.