Pam Iorio awarded for service, says she isn't planning a gubernatorial bid

04/03/13 Janelle Irwin
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Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was recognized for her service to the community during a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday; after receiving the Ellsworth Good Government Award, Iorio said she was honored, but humble.

"It should never be about the next election. It should never be about the group that’s in the room at the time either. It really should be about taking a look at your community long-term and thinking about what is the best way to solve a problem."

Iorio began her career I'm politics on the Hillsborough County Commission in 1985 when she was only 26. Iorio is often identified as a pillar of trust in politics. She remembers coming into office at a time when the county was rife with scandal.

"You know, when I first started in public office as a county commissioners, the majority of the commission had been arrested for bribery. So, I came into the County Commission at a time when people really did not trust government very much. Three of the five commissioners had been arrested by the FBI for accepting bribes and the Governor had to appoint someone just to have a quorum."

Iorio said her career is no where near over, but added she has no plans to run for governor next year.

"I don’t plan to, but, no, I don’t know what the future holds."

Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman commended Iorio for her years of service and said she looked forward to more.

"Pam Iorio doesn’t just want to be in office or be in a position, she wants to do something."

Iorio is currently serving as CEO of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County but will step down when a replacement is hired sometime this year.

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