#22 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.
“Kevin Beckner won support across Hillsborough County, earning 58% of the vote in 2012 because of his common sense approach to government and offering practical solutions, regardless of partisanship. Kevin’s fiscally responsible approach to spending tax payer dollars, leading budget reduction efforts, cutting his own pay, reaching across party lines for the good of the County, and championing many ordinances that have made Hillsborough County safer are the reasons voters in Hillsborough chose to reelect Commissioner Kevin Beckner. When Kevin presents a solution to an issue, others listen because he has a reputation of doing his homework.” — Political consultant Nick Janovsky.
“Fresh into his second term in office, Commissioner Beckner shows no sign of slowing up and even though he continues to be in the minority Party on the BOCC Kevin’s taking a back seat to nobody in his effort to help lead Hillsborough County forward.” — Democratic strategist Mitch Kates
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