Outgoing Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller has a deserved reputation for speaking his mind.
So when Miller, a Democrat, backed Republican Sandra Murmanin her District 6 countywide race against incumbent Pat Kemp Monday, well, if you’re Murman that’s one of those endorsements you really want. His wife, Gwen, also joined in supporting Murman.
Miller is a respected and experienced voice in Hillsborough, with experience in both the state House and Senate. Miller will leave the Commission after two terms this year because of term limits and health concerns.
“Both Gwen and I have worked with Sandy Murman for more than twenty years. During that time, she has proven herself to be a reasonable, common sense, and open-minded leader. Together, we have worked to create jobs and improve transit, and she has supported our work to create diversity throughout our community,” the Millers’ statement read.
“We know that you, too, can count on Sandy to focus on positive and productive change for all of Hillsborough County, and we whole-heartedly endorse her to be your county-wide District 6 commissioner.”
It appears that Miller had a personal motivation that went beyond simply believing Murman is the better candidate.