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Janet Cruz considering a run for Hillsborough County Commission

House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa


House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa



State Rep. Janet Cruz, the Democratic leader of the Florida House, sounds like she’s going to run for Hillsborough County Commission next year.

Officially, Cruz says she’s “considering” a run. The Tampa lawmaker, who is term limited in the House next year, is waiting until later this summer to file for commission District 1, currently held by Republican Sandy Murman.

“I need to take care of the people’s work here,” she says. “(I need to) make sure that we don’t have another special session so that I can file, which will probably be in a month or two.”

Cruz sees transportation as a key issue for the county in upcoming years, as more and more people move to Tampa Bay and the need for updated transit and infrastructure gets more urgent.

She notes that she would fit in well on the commission, which includes several other former state lawmakers who made the move from Tallahassee to the county level, many after being forced out of the Legislature by term limits.

“I think it’s a good transition from the state House and state funding to county funding,” she said.

[Last modified: Monday, June 12, 2017 10:06am]


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