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Several Hillsborough politicians faced no opponents for re-election

Published Aug. 27, 2014

TAMPA — Well before voters went to the polls in Tuesday's primary, a number of politicians representing Hillsborough County residents were re-elected automatically this year when no one filed to run against them. They include:

• Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis from District 12, consisting of Pasco and northern parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

• Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor from District 14, consisting of Tampa and nearby areas and parts of South County, including Apollo Beach and Ruskin, and St. Petersburg.

• Republican state Sen. Bill Galvano from District 26, which consists of southern Hillsborough as well as all or parts of six other counties.

• Republican state Rep. Jake Raburn from District 57, consisting of a swath of South County including FishHawk, Riverview, Apollo Beach and Wimauma.

• Republican state Rep. Daniel Raulerson from District 58, consisting of northeastern Hillsborough including Plant City and Thonotosassa.

• Republican state Rep. Dana Young from District 60, which includes South Tampa, Palm River and parts of South Shore.

• Democratic state Rep. Janet Cruz from District 62, which is in central Hillsborough mostly north of Interstate 275.

• Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan from countywide District 5.

A number of Hillsborough circuit and county court judges were also re-elected without opposition.