Democrat Kimberly Overman, formerly "Kim," is changing her name on all her campaign literature in pursuit of a seat on the Hillsborough County commission in hopes of avoiding confusion with Kim O'Connor, a Green Party candidate who filed just before the qualifying deadline.
Overman backers worry that O'Connor will draw progressive votes away from Overman in her countywide race against Republican Todd Marks.
O'Connor funded her campaign with a $30,000 Florida Lottery prize that she called a sign "from the universe" or from God that she should run. She had resigned from a previous position as a Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor after the county got a $500 bill for cleaning up her hotel room after an official conference because it smelled of marijuana smoke.
Overman will be on the ballot as "Kimberly." O'Connor will be "Kim," plus her nickname, "Klarc," which she said is an acronym for "Kim loves all refugee children."