Ruth’s List Florida backs ‘sane leader’ Patricia Alonzo in long shot Hillsborough County Commission bid
Image via Patricia Alonzo.

'I’m running to flip control of the Hillsborough County Commission back to sane, compassionate, practical leaders.'

Ruth’s List Florida, a group that supports pro-choice Democratic women for office, is backing Patricia Alonzo in her race for District 2 on the Hillsborough County Commission.

Alonzo is mounting a long shot bid that likely pits her against incumbent Ken Hagan, a Republican who has served for more than two decades.

Ruth’s List backed Alonzo as part of a trio of endorsements, including Laura Kelley for House District 111 in Miami-Dade County and Anne Douglas for Orange County School Board. While Alonzo faces an uphill battle defeating a longtime incumbent with a funding advantage, the group sees a path to victory.

“Laura Kelley, Anne Douglas, and Patricia Alonzo are strong leaders in their communities,” Ruth’s List Florida CEO Christina Diamond said.

“They are talking to the voters, listening to their concerns, and are working hard to earn and turn out every last vote because they — like many Floridians — believe that our families deserve better. Better local investment in things like affordable housing and strengthened public schools, better access to affordable, quality healthcare, and better representation for everyday families like theirs at the local level and in Tallahassee. Laura, Anne, and Patricia stand with the majority of Florida voters on the need for women’s reproductive freedom, right to privacy, and access to healthcare — and Ruth’s List is so proud to be behind these three incredible women.”

The district is nearly evenly split between registered Democrats and Republicans, with Republicans holding about a 300-voter edge, 69,634 voters to 69,335. Another nearly 59,000 voters are registered with no party affiliation, according to data from the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

Alonzo is the only Democrat in the race. Hagan faces a Primary challenge against fellow Republican Melissa Nordbeck. But she’s raised less than $12,000 compared to Hagan’s more than $208,000, making Hagan the heavy favorite to advance to the November General Election.

Alonzo works as a medical translator, including American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish at Moffitt Cancer Center. She also previously served as an ASL teacher at Middleton High School and, most recently, was an executive at a tech startup using video and mobile technology to expand interpretation capabilities for hospitals and other organizations.

Alonzo continues to volunteer at Moffitt, as well as at Faces of Courage, Metropolitan Ministries and for the Women’s Build at Habitat for Humanity. She is working toward a doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University. She would be the first Afro-Latina woman elected to the Hillsborough County Commission, if elected.

“I’m proud to be endorsed by Ruth’s List,” Alonzo said. “As a woman, as an Afro-Latina, and as a native Spanish speaker, I understand the importance of representation. If we want government responsive to the needs of the people, it must represent them. I’m running to flip control of the Hillsborough County Commission back to sane, compassionate, practical leaders. We’re going to achieve that goal together as a community.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


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    July 2, 2024 at 9:58 pm

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  • Brad

    July 6, 2024 at 7:12 pm

    Ken Hagan has been on the Commission far too long and needs to relocate back to the private sector. He is the poster child for everything that is wrong with career politicians. That said, if my choice is between Hagan and Alonzo, I will hold my nose and vote for Hagan. Alonzo makes Mariella Smith look sane and middle of the road which says alot because Smith was a loony tunes nutjob!!

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