2018 Political Hob Nob Results

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2018 Political Hob Nob featuring a straw poll vote conducted by the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office. Attendees could vote at computer stations or on their smartphones using a personalized code.  The results are as follows:

2018 Greater Tampa Chamber Straw Poll Results
US Senator
Name Party Pct
Rick Scott Republican 50.44
Bill Nelson Democrat 46.04
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente Republican 3.52
US Representative District 12
Name Party Pct
Gus Michael Bilirakis Republican 64.03
Chris Hunter Democrat 19.47
Robert Matthew Tager Democrat 6.6
Angelika Purkis No Party Affiliation 5.28
Stephen M. Perenich Democrat 4.62
US Representative District 15
Name Party Pct
Ross Spano Republican 39.6
Andrew P. Learned Democrat 25.41
Kristen Carlson Democrat 11.55
Neil Combee Republican 10.23
Raymond Peña, Jr. Democrat 3.96
Sean Harper Republican 3.3
Danny Kushmer Republican 2.97
Ed Shoemaker Republican 2.97
US Representative District 16
Name Party Pct
Vern Buchanan Republican 57.62
David Shapiro Democrat 23.18
Jan Schneider Democrat 19.21
Governor
Name Party Pct
Adam H. Putnam Republican 35.99
Gwen Graham Democrat 16.52
Andrew Gillum Democrat 16.22
Ron DeSantis Republican 14.75
Philip Levine Democrat 7.67
Jeff Greene Democrat 2.36
Chris King Democrat 1.47
Bob White Republican 1.18
Bob Langford Republican 0.88
Darcy G. Richardson Reform Party 0.88
John Wetherbee Democrat 0.59
Don Baldauf Republican 0.29
Timothy M. Devine Republican 0.29
Bruce Nathan Republican 0.29
Alex “Lundy” Lundmark Democrat 0.29
Ryan Christopher Foley No Party Affiliation 0.29
John Joseph Mercadante Republican 0
Kyle “KC” Gibson No Party Affiliation 0
Raphael Herman No Party Affiliation 0
Bruce Stanley No Party Affiliation 0
Attorney General
Name Party Pct
Ashley Moody Republican 52.44
Sean Shaw Democrat 30.18
Frank White Republican 10.06
Ryan Torrens Democrat 6.4
Jeffrey Marc Siskind No Party Affiliation 0.91
Chief Financial Officer
Name Party Pct
Jimmy Patronis Republican 59.87
Jeremy Ring Democrat 40.13
Commissioner of Agriculture
Name Party Pct
Denise Grimsley Republican 25.16
Nicole “Nikki” Fried Democrat 25.16
Matt Caldwell Republican 24.84
Roy David Walker Democrat 9.03
Baxter Troutman Republican 8.71
Mike McCalister Republican 3.55
Jeffrey Duane Porter Democrat 3.55
State Senator, District 18
Name Party Pct
Dana Young Republican 59.76
Janet Cruz Democrat 40.24
State Senator, District 20
Name Party Pct
Tom Lee Republican 58.19
Kathy Lewis Democrat 21.07
Joy Gibson Democrat 14.72
John Manners Houman Republican 6.02
State Reperesentative, District 57
Name Party Pct
Debbie Katt Democrat 39.72
Mike Beltran Republican 31.91
Sean McCoy Republican 28.37
State Representative, District 58
Name Party Pct
Lawrence McClure Republican 58.08
Phil Hornback Democrat 41.92
State Representative, District 59
Name Party Pct
Adam Hattersley Democrat 42.81
Joe Wicker Republican 34.25
Ronda Storms Republican 22.95
State Representative, District 60
Name Party Pct
Jackie Toledo Republican 62.7
Debra Bellanti Democrat 37.3
State Representative, District 61
Name Party Pct
Karen Skyers Democrat 40
Dianne “Ms Dee” Hart Democrat 32.8
Sharon Carter Democrat 14.8
Norman Harris Democrat 12.4
State Representative, District 62
Name Party Pct
Mike Alvarez Democrat 51.44
Susan L. Valdes Democrat 33.74
Christopher Carlos Cano Democrat 14.81
State Representative, District 63
Name Party Pct
Shawn Harrison Republican 53.42
Fentrice Driskell Democrat 46.58
State Representative, District 64
Name Party Pct
James Grant Republican 55.22
Jessica Harrington Democrat 30.64
Terry Power Republican 9.76
Andy Warrener No Party Affiliation 4.38
State Representative, District 70
Name Party Pct
Wengay “Newt” Newton Democrat 61.86
Keisha Bell Democrat 24.58
Vito D. Sheeley Democrat 13.56
Circuit Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit Group 25
Name Party Pct
Jamey Moody n/a 42.2
Robin Fuson n/a 25.53
Cissy Boza Sevelin n/a 21.28
Starr Brookins n/a 10.99
Sheriff
Name Party Pct
Chad Chronister Republican 69.69
Gary Pruitt Democrat 30.31
County Commissioner, District 2
Name Party Pct
Ken Hagan Republican 50.17
Angela Birdsong Democrat 33.55
Chris Paradies Republican 16.28
County Commissioner, District 4
Name Party Pct
Stacy White Republican 58.8
Andrew Davis Democrat 41.2
County Commissioner, District 5
Name Party Pct
Victor Crist Republican 47.37
Mariella Smith Democrat 30.92
Angel S. Urbina Capo Republican 10.53
Elvis Piggott Democrat 8.55
Joe Kotvas No Party Affiliation 2.63
County Commissioner, District 7
Name Party Pct
Aakash Patel Republican 33.23
Todd Marks Republican 28.48
Kimberly Overman Democrat 18.04
Ray Chiaramonte Democrat 9.81
Mark Nash Democrat 6.01
Sky U. White Democrat 3.8
Kim “KLARC” O’Connor Green Party 0.63
School Board Member, District 1
Name Party Pct
Steve Cona n/a 63.57
William Henry Person n/a 22.3
Gilbert “Gil” Machin n/a 14.13
School Board Member, District 2
Name Party Pct
Stacy Hahn n/a 62.73
Sally A. Harris n/a 31.73
Rod Mayhew n/a 5.54
School Board Member, Distict 4
Name Party Pct
Melissa Snively n/a 63.85
LaShonda Davison n/a 36.15
School Board Member, District 6
Name Party Pct
Kelso Tanner n/a 31.5
Henry “Shake” Washington n/a 28.57
Karen Perez n/a 14.29
Robert A. Pechacek n/a 13.19
Scott “Mr. H” Hottenstein n/a 9.89
Mitchell Smithey n/a 2.56
County Court Judge, Group 2
Name Party Pct
Greg Green n/a 46.44
Adam L. Bantner, II n/a 32.21
Lisa Allen n/a 21.35
County Court Judge, Group 5
Name Party Pct
Bill Yanger n/a 54.85
Jared Smith n/a 45.15
County Court Judge, Group 8
Name Party Pct
E. Michael Isaak n/a 47.06
Jack Gutman n/a 31.99
LaShawn Strachan n/a 15.44
Lanell Williams-Yulee n/a 5.51
Soil and Water Conservation, District 1
Name Party Pct
Kathy Eckdahl n/a 33.68
Michael Hegarty n/a 25.26
Joshua Carrasco n/a 22.63
David Maynard n/a 18.42
Soil and Water Conservation, District 3
Name Party Pct
Michael Hepburn n/a 40.22
John Waterman n/a 32.96
Francisco Pierre-Louis n/a 26.82
Soil and Water Conservation, District 5
Name Party Pct
Andrew Brooks n/a 39.2
Ray Young n/a 31.16
Matt Gozdor n/a 17.09
Travis Medling n/a 12.56
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Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce votes to not support City of Tampa Tax Increase

On September 21, 2017, based on a unanimous recommendation from its Public Policy Council, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee unanimously voted to not support the City of Tampa’s 2018 budget millage rate increase in its current form due to its impact on businesses. The proposal is part of a $974 million budget that calls for increasing the city’s property tax rate from $5.73 to $6.33 in taxes for every $1,000 in taxable property value.

“After considerable review of the proposed millage increase, we do not agree that there is sufficient justification for the proposed tax increase on residents and businesses,” said Mike Griffin Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

“Business leaders in Tampa make tough budgetary decisions to keep their companies running effectively; we expect that same leadership from our elected officials”, Chamber CEO Bob Rohrlack said. “We recognize the challenges facing the city resulting from previous debts but feel a tax increase to pay for them sets a dangerous precedent.”

Griffin added, “We hope that City Council and Mayor Buckhorn will use their upcoming deliberations to find a solution to our city’s debt challenges that does not raise taxes on residents and businesses and works to maintain our designation as one of the most affordable cities in not only the state but also the country.”

Policy & Transportation Digest

Tell the Mayor what you think is important

Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to hear from the community about what they think is important for the future of the City of Tampa and its residents.

How do autonomous cars understand the road?

On the Alphabet campus, test tracks are being developed to help advance driverless car technology.

Colorado uses driverless truck to aid road crews

Last week in Denver, the first driverless truck was used as a type of escort to help protect road crews.

Upcoming event:

Professional Development Speaker Series III Engaging Young Professionals in the Political Process
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Tampa Old City Hall
315 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • DOT budget
  • Infrastructure Plan
  • Possible BRAC
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Health Care
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Tampa Bay Next

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Policy & Transportation Digest

President announces new policy on travel to Cuba

Today, President Trump announced changes in the rules that allows Americans to travel to Cuba.  The new restriction reverse some of the changes made by President Obama.

Florida House Speaker talks about schools and local government in Tampa

House Speaker Richard Corcoran was in Tampa today to talk with Tampa Bay residents about the 2017 Legislative Session including the controversial K-12 legislation and bills that limited the scope of local government.

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Boarder Adjustment Tax issue
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

Policy & Transportation Digest

Governor Rick Scott announces budget deal

Governor Scott agrees to sign the $82.4 billion state budget after reaching deal with Corcoran, Negron

Changes in regulations on travel to Cuba could come soon

Insiders believe  President Trump may soon make changes to the existing regulations on travel to Cuba, which is something that has been anticipated since the President’s inauguration.

Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority looking at changes

In an effort to save money, HART is looking to changing their bus network to provide better service

Governor deciding what to do about budget

Earlier this week, the Legislature sent their 2017-2018 budget package to Governor Scott for action.  The Governor has 15 days from delivery to decide what to do.

Constitution Revision Commission still working on rules

After 2 months, the Constitution Revision Commission is still working on the rules to govern the panel.

 

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Border Adjustment Tax issue
  • Governor’s possible vetoes
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Policy & Transportation Digest

President releases infrastructure plan and budget proposal

This week, President Trump released his $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan as well as his proposed budget.  Along with the plan, a “statement of principles”  with the promise of more to come from the administration.

Administration looks at incentives to privatize public assets

The President’s administration is looking into the possibility of providing incentives to  privatizing some  public assets to help the infrastructure plan.

Tourism dollars still may not be secure

The $25 million dollars the Florida Legislature placed in the budget still faces an uncertain future once the bill appropriating the funds is received by Governor Rick Scott

 

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Boarder Adjustment Tax issue
  • Governor’s possible vetoes
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Policy & Transportation Digest

Possible impact of Homestead Exemption ballot measure on city budget
The City of Tampa’s CFO, Sonya Little told City Council this week that the impact to the city budget could be close to $6 million dollars.

Many Floridians still awaiting changes to Cuban policy
Throughout the state, many advocates on both sides of the debate are anxiously awaiting President Trump’s decision on Cuban policy.

Florida Supreme Court rules against slot machines
This week, the Court ruled in favor of the state who had denied slot machine licenses.  The ruling will affect several counties where voters have approved the use.
As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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