Hillsborough Democratic Chair Kemp to run for State seat

12/21/09 Seán Kinane
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The Chair of the Democratic Party of Hillsborough County will be temporarily stepping down in order to run for State Legislature. Patricia Kemp announced today she will run for the seat held by Michael Scionti, who is stepping down to take a Department of Defense position in the Obama administration. According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, three other candidates have filed to run for the special primary election on January 26th. WMNF spoke with Kemp this afternoon.

Kemp is the wife of WMNF program director Randy Wynne.

The other Democrats who have registered are Janet Cruz (Rifkin), Gilberto Eduardo Sanchez, and Jose Vazquez.

Janet Cruz did not respond to our request for an interview by deadline.

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Go Pat, go! Run Pat, run!

Pat is going to be an incredible representative. Janet Cruz should just give it up now.

The only bilingual candidate

Gilberto “Gil” Sanchez is founder and CEO of Sanchez Law Offices January 2007 and SmallBizLaw.Us, with offices in Tampa. Mr. Sanchez practices in the areas of Corporate & Business Law in addition to Immigration and Foreclosure Defense. Mr. Sanchez attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies and law school. He majored in political science, and received a minor and certification in Latin American Studies. He was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity, the leadership honorary Florida Blue Key, President of the Colombian Student Association (COLSA), President of the Hispanic Student Association (H.S.A) and Student Senator. Mr. Sanchez was awarded a prestigious internship with U.S. Senator Bob Graham’s Washington, D.C. office through the Washington Center in 1998. Mr. Sanchez was awarded the most prestigious leadership awards at U.F.: Outstanding Male Undergraduate Leader 1999, Outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year 1999, U.F. Hall of Fame 1999 and Who’s Who 1999. After graduation, Mr. Sanchez entered law school in January 2000 at the Levin College of Law at U.F. Mr. Sanchez was President of the Law College Council. Mr. Sanchez is committed to serving the Tampa Bay community. Gil is also a co-founder, previous Treasurer and current Board Member of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association. Gil previously served as Co-Chair of Interact with Emerge Tampa and previous Board member of Bay Area Advisors. Gil was instrumental in reactivating the Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida in 2008 and served as its President. Gil continues to serve as Board Member and Executive Board Member of Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, Inc. In 2005, Gil founded Hispanic Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Inc. (”HYPE”). HYPE is a Florida Non Profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to reducing the dropout rate among Hispanic students K through 12.