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Les Miller endorses Nancy Millan for Hillsborough Tax Collector

Millan is facing a competitive race against former Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is backing Nancy Millan for Hillsborough County Tax Collector, he announced Monday.

Millan is running to replace Doug Belden who has held the seat since 1999. Millan is running against former Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin.

“I have known Nancy Millan for many years, and there is no one more qualified and ready to be our next Tax Collector than her,” Miller said. “I am proud to endorse Nancy Millan, and I know that she is the right person to deliver the stellar service that Hillsborough County residents have come to expect from the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office.”

Millan has worked in the Tax Collector’s office for 30 years. She started as an accounting clerk and now serves as the director of community relations, one of the agency’s top executive positions.

“I am grateful to have the endorsement of County Commissioner Les Miller who has served Hillsborough County throughout his historic career with distinction,” Millan said. “I will run a campaign and serve the residents of Hillsborough County by following his example of leadership and dedication to the community we cherish.”

Millan is a Certified Florida Collector Assistant with 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. She participated in the Certified Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by Florida Tax Collector’s Association and Valencia College, and received the Florida Tax Collector’s Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Millan also received the Florida Tax Collector Education Forum Service Award in 2018.

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

The race will likely be a competitive one as Millan pits her inside knowledge and experience with the Tax Collector’s office against Griffin’s political experience and name recognition. Griffin will likely combat Millan’s experience within the agency with her own civilian service since leaving the Hillsborough County School Board. She worked in Human Resources with the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s office where she gained her own institutional knowledge of running a public agency.

Millan is off to an early start gaining endorsements ahead of the 2020 election. She launched her campaign earlier this year with support from Belden.

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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