April Griffin to host campaign kickoff in Ybor City

Former Hillsborough County School Board Member April Griffin is officially launching her campaign for Hillsborough County Tax Collector Thursday at the Cuban Club in Ybor City.

The party will be from 5:30 until 7:30 at the historic venue at 2010 N. Avenida Rebublica de Cuba.

Griffin filed to run for the seat being vacated by current Tax Collector Doug Belden about two months ago. Since filing, Griffin’s fundraising momentum has been sluggish.

Campaign kickoffs are typically a campaign’s first push to aggressively raise funds, indicating future financial reports might show higher campaign earnings.

Griffin has already earned support from several members of the community including her former colleagues on the School Board, now Rep. Susan Valdes, Cindy Stuart and Sally Harris. She also has support from Tampa lawyer Ron Christaldi whose deep business roots could boost Griffin’s fundraising potential and from a former opponent, Dipa Shah.

Griffin’s host committee for the kickoff includes Valdes, Harris, Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, Tampa City Council members Bill Carlson, John Dingfelder and Guido Maniscalco, Hillsborough County School Board Members Stuart and Karen Perez, Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins, former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, former Temple Terrace Mayor

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