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Nancy Watkins will not run for the Tampa HD 60 seat

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Nancy Watkins, the South Tampa CPA who has served as campaign treasurer for hundreds of local and national Republicans, will not run for the Florida House District 60 seat being vacated this fall by Dana Young.

Watkins, who has never run for public office before, had been rumored to be seriously considering running for the seat, which encompasses South Tampa, northwest Hillsborough County, and a slice of South Hillsborough.

“I am truly grateful for the incredible amount of encouragement I’ve received recently to consider running for the soon-to-be-open State House District 60 seat,” Watkins said in a statement issued Friday afternoon. “As for me, due to my many professional commitments already made for 2016, I have decided this is not the right time, for me or my family, to pursue elective politics.  I believe the best way I can contribute today to the health of our democracy is to continue helping others properly account for, and comply with, the laws that govern campaigns and politics; to restore the trust and renew the faith people have in our state an

House District 60 covers most of South Tampa through to the western part of Ruskin.

She told Florida Trend magazine in 2009 that the only time she contemplated running for office was against former Tampa Democratic Congressman Sam Gibbons in 1994.

House District 60 covers most of South Tampa through to the western part of Ruskin.

Republican Jackie Toledo, who lost in a bid for Tampa City Council a year ago, is the only declared candidate in the HD 60 race to date. No Democrat has stepped up to enter the race, though Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen has said he is considering a run for the seat.

Young announced last month that she is vacating the seat to be run in the newly created state Senate 18 seat.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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