Monday, November 12, 2018


Charlie Frago

Charlie Frago

Charlie Frago covers Tampa for the Tampa Bay Times. Previously, Frago covered St. Petersburg and Clearwater for the newspaper. He has also worked for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina and the City News Bureau of Chicago. He joined the Times in April 2013.

Ed Turanchik was critical of the one-penny sales tax that passed in Hillsborough County Tuesday. Will it hurt his chances to become Tampa's next mayor.

Is he doing a post-election two-step? Ed Turanchik on the transportation tax, then and now

Before the vote, Ed Turanchik was highly critical of the one-penny sales tax increase to fund transportation improvements that passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday.The former Hillsborough County Commissioner and current Tampa mayoral...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/09/18
TAILYR IRVINE   |   TimesKim Overman checks the election results during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa.

Hillsborough now firmly blue

A growing urban and suburban population has shifted Hillsborough's politics, pundits say.
Published: 11/07/18
LUIS SANTANA  |   TimesView of the Tampa Riverwalk at Curtis Hixon Park as seen during festivities for the College Football Championship in Tampa.[Saturday, January 7, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

The people’s choice? Tampa’s Riverwalk

It's been the riparian apple of Mayor Bob Buckhorn's eye, so perhaps it's fitting , as the term-limited mayor counts down his final months in office, that Tampa's Riverwalk gets some national love.The American Planning Association...
Published: 11/07/18
Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]

Democrats taking control of Hillsborough commission for first time since 2004

The most-watched races were for two countywide seats where Democrats Mariella Smith was on her way to oust Republican incumbent Victor Crist in District 5 and Kimberly Overman looked nearly certain to best Todd Marks in District 7.
Published: 11/06/18
Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan turned back a Democratic challenger [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]

Hillsborough Commission District 2 election results: Ken Hagan pulls away from Democrat challenger

Hagan has served on the county commission since 2002. Term-limited in his countywide seat, he ran in District 2, which covers northern and east-central Hillsborough County, including Citrus Park, Lutz and Brandon.
Published: 11/06/18
Kimberly Overman is the Democratic candidate for Hillsborough County Commission District 7.

Hillsborough Commission District 7 election results: Kimberly Overman giving Democrats win

With 323 of 390 precincts reporting, Democrat Overman is leading GOP candidate Todd Marks by a wide margin in one of two crucial races for Democrats hoping to return to a County Commission majority.
Published: 11/06/18
The candidates for Hillsborough County Commission District 5: Republican Victor Crist (left) faces Democrat Mariella Smith. [Times files]

Hillsborough County District 5 election between Mariella Smith and Victor Crist: What you need to know

Longtime commissioner Crist faces a political newcomer.
Published: 11/04/18
Updated: 11/05/18
Ken Hagan (L) and Angela Birdsong ((R) for my Hillsborough County Commission District 2 race story?

Hillsborough County District 2 election between Ken Hagan and Angela Birdsong: What you need to know

Incumbent Hagan is challenged by a political newcomer.
Published: 11/04/18
The candidates for Hillsborough County Commission District 7: Republican Todd Marks faces Democrat Kimberly Overman. [Times files]

Todd Marks, Kimberly Overman square off for Hillsborough District 7 commission seat: What you need to know

Marks opposes a penny sales tax hike proposal also on the ballot while Overman supports it, as both seek to represent all of Hillsborough County as an at-large commissioner.
Published: 11/03/18
Updated: 11/05/18
Hillsborough County Commission District 4 race;  Stacy White, R. (left) v. Andrew Davis, D, v. JASON BEHNKEN / STAFF

Andrew Davis, Stacy White face off for Hillsborough District 4 commission seat: What you need to know

A newcomer Democrat is challenging White, the incumbent who represents much of eastern Hillsborough County.
Published: 11/03/18