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Pam Iorio backs Nancy Millan in Hillsborough Tax Collector race

Millan faces former Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin.

Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is endorsing Nancy Millan for Hillsborough County Tax Collector.

Millan is running to replace incumbent Tax Collector Doug Belden, who is not seeking reelection. Millan faces former Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin.

“For the past 30 years I have watched Nancy grow professionally, always taking on additional responsibilities, always looking for better ways to serve the public,” Iorio said. “Our Tax Collector’s office is considered one of the best managed in local government and Nancy has been a big part of that success. With such a well-run office, we are fortunate that Nancy is willing to step forward to run for Tax Collector and continue its proud tradition of being best in class.”

Millan has worked in the Tax Collector’s office for 30 years. She began as an accounting clerk and worked her way up to her current position, Director of Community Relations.

Her experience with the agency sets the stage for a spirited race against Griffin as Millan pits her inside experience against Griffin’s political name recognition.

In addition to her position within the agency, Millan also is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant and has certifications in Property Tax Administration, Management of a Florida Collector’s Office, Duties and Responsibilities of a Tax Collector and the Collection of Licenses, Taxes, and Fees.

“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio,” Millan said. “Her legacy as the leader of our city is impeccable, and I am grateful to have her support in my campaign to be Hillsborough County’s next Tax Collector.”

Both Millan and Griffin are Democrats. Belden is a Republican. So far, no Republican has entered the race.

Belden has already endorsed Millan.

Millan has a one-month jump on Griffin in the race. She raised more than $52,000 in her first month. Griffin entered the race this month and won’t file her first campaign finance report until December.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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