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Adam Hattersley to host political star-studded Congressional campaign kickoff party Tuesday

His host committee is more than 60 strong.

Rep. Adam Hattersley is hosting his official campaign kickoff party Tuesday as he seeks the Democratic nomination to take on Congressman Ross Spano in 2020.

Hattersley’s kickoff will be at Strandhill Public, an artisan Irish Pub in Brandon, on Tuesday at 6 p.m..

The pub is located at 10288 Causeway Blvd.

Hattersley is running to replace Spano in Congressional District 15, which includes parts of east Hillsborough including Brandon and Riverview as well as parts of Polk and Lake counties.

Hattersley entered the race less than two years after being elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He decided to make the swap to the Congressional race after evidence continued to build that Spano had illegally accepted loans to fund his own 2018 Congressional bid.

Hattersley and his campaign team chose Strandhill Public because it is a new local business within the district.

His host committee includes dozens of current and former elected officials and Democratic Party insiders.

“It’s humbling to receive this outpouring of support from the local community and the congressional district,” Hattersley said. “I’m honored to have the backing of such a robust, diverse group of people who are ready to launch a campaign to bring the Florida 15th the kind of representation it deserves.”

Rep. Fentrice Driskell and former Rep. Sean Shaw will deliver remarks at the event.

Hattersley faces former news anchor Alan Cohn in the Democratic primary.

The host committee includes:

— Sen. Janet Cruz

Florida State Representatives:

Joe Casello

Ben Diamond

Fentrice Driskell

Anna Eskamani

Mike Gottlieb

Mike Grieco

Diane Hart

Evan Jenne

Tina Polsky

Carlos Guillermo Smith

Jennifer Webb

Hillsborough County Commissioners:

Pat Kemp

Kimberly Overman

Mariella Smith

Tampa City Council Members

Guido Maniscalco

Luis Viera

— St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

— Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg

— Temple Terrace City Council Member Cheri Donohue

— Davenport City Commissioner Brandon Kneeld

Hillsborough County School Board Members:

Karen Perez

Tammy Shamburger

Cindy Stuart

— Polk County School Board Member Sarah Fortney

— Former State Representative and candidate for Florida Attorney General Sean Shaw

— Democratic National Committee Members Alan Clendenin and Alma Gonzalez

— Former Hillsborough County Democratic Party Chair Christopher Mitchell

— Florida Democratic Disability Caucus President Karen Clay

— Hillsborough County Young Democrats President Alvin Jin

— Polk County Young Democrats President Taylor Aguilera

— Hillsborough County PTA President Damaris Allen

— Tampa Diversity Chamber CEO Justice Gennari

— Latin Chamber President Cesar Hernandez

Former candidates:

Bob Buesing

Kristen Carlson

Andrew Davis

Bob Doyel

Donna Lee Fore

John Godwin

Phil Hornback

Debbie Katt

Topher Morrison

Walter Smith

— Former Fox 13 meteorologist Andy Johnson

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 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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