Beckner running for Hillsborough Clerk of Court


County Commissioner Kevin Beckner has officially filed to run for Hillsborough’s Clerk of the Circuit Court. This is being seen as somewhat of a curve-ball in the local political world, as Beckner could be running against incumbent Pat Frank, the long-time Hillsborough County political icon and fellow Democrat.

According to Saint Petersblog, Kevin Beckner said it was Frank herself who called him a few months ago to ask if he’d ever considered running for Clerk of the Circuit Courts. However, during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Frank stated that she doesn’t tell people not to run against her, and that anyone has the right to run in a democratic system.

Beckner, since becoming the first openly gay man elected to Hillsborough County office in 2008, has made a name for himself by working on issues like juvenile justice, personal injury protection fraud, and equality issues.

Frank has more than 30 years of Florida political experience herself however, having served in the Florida Senate for a decade, and, since 2005, as been Hillsborough County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Republican County Commissioners Ken Hagan and Victor Crist are also rumored to be interested in running for the position.

You may also like

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week – here’s what you should know

Florida is the deadliest state in the nation in terms...

Voting With a Purpose

Jarvis Karim El-Amin stops in to announce an epic candidate...

The Scoop: Fri. June 21st, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

In the past decade, there have been more than 200...

20-foot inflatable IUD arrives in Tampa

Americans for Contraception brought a 20-foot, inflatable IUD to Lykes...

Ways to listen

WMNF is listener-supported. That means we don't advertise like a commercial station, and we're not part of a university.

Ways to support

WMNF volunteers have fun providing a variety of needed services to keep your community radio station alive and kickin'.

Follow us on Instagram

The Healthy Steps Show with Dr. Fred Harvey
Player position: