William March: Crowded field likely for District 3 Hillsborough commission seat

Term-limited Democratic Commissioner Les Miller will vacate the seat in 2020.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller will leave his District 3 seat in 2020 because of term limits. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller will leave his District 3 seat in 2020 because of term limits. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Published November 19 2018
Updated November 20 2018

Look for retired county health care official Gwen Myers to file any time for the District 3 Hillsborough County commission seat being vacated in 2020 by term-limited Commissioner Les Miller.

Myers may be the first of a crowded field for the open seat and won't be alone for long. Term-limited Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick said he intends to file soon after year's end.

"With an open seat you can expect other individuals to run, but I'm in it to win," Myers said.

Former commissioner and City Council member Tom Scott and former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner have been subjects of speculation about the race. Scott said he's been asked about it, and, "At this point I have no desire, but you never say never."

Joyner says she's uncertain about any political future but has said she's more likely to be interested in trying again for her former state Senate seat, currently held by Darryl Rouson.

Myers, 64, worked for the county for 25 years until retiring at the end of 2013.

She has since started a consulting firm to advise non-profits but said illness in her family has prevented her from pushing the business forward.

She was involved in the All for Transportation referendum campaign and is on several local non-profit boards and the Mayor's African-American Advisory Council. She's active in feeding the homeless  and the Martin Luther King Foundation's annual scholarship gala.

Miller, 67, a former state senator, said his plan is to retire when he leaves the board in January 2021.

"I will have been an elected public servant for many years and I think I've done a pretty good job," he said. "I feel it's time to turn it over to someone else.

"Having said that, the good Lord could tap me on the shoulder for something," Miller added.

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