Testimonials for Kevin Beckner

Kevin is proud to have worked with leaders and organizations around the region. They know his dedication, experience and integrity.

Current and Former Elected Officials

Joe Affronti, Sr. - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

I had the privilege of working with Kevin Beckner when we both served on the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Kevin is an intelligent, ethical, and dedicated public servant who makes decisions based on what he believes is best for our community. He was known for his thorough preparation and robust dialogue regarding the issues at hand.

Joe Affronti, Sr.

Former Mayor, Temple Terrace

I have known Kevin for a long time and have always marveled at his commitment to the people of Hillsborough County. What I have admired most is his determination to include all and his appreciation of our diverse community.

Yolie Capin

Former Tampa City Councilwoman

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Kevin’s  experience as a financial planner, his understanding of Hillsborough County and his impeccable judgement and foresight make him an impeccable leader and public servant.

Joe Citro

Tampa City Council

Kevin has been a progressive leader in our community for years and his passion and drive have focused on the importance of diversity and inclusivity in our region. I’m excited to think about the continued progress and leadership that he will bring to our community or any other organization that he serves.

John Dingfelder

Tampa City Council

“Tax dollars wisely invested” is more than a campaign promise because Kevin Beckner recognizes that working to build a system that provides access to justice for all is a benefit to everyone. Now, more than ever, we need his combination of skills and leadership.

Cheri Donohue

Temple Terrace City Council

Serving with a vision and with compassion are qualities we need in today’s leaders. I have known Kevin Beckner since his time as a County Commissioner and I watched him bring people together to effect lasting change. As a former school board member, I know the challenges of public service and trust Kevin to act in the best interests of our community.

Doretha Edgecomb

Former Hillsborough County School Board Member

Not only do I respect Kevin Beckner for his experience, familiarity with the County, and financial background – but I’ve always admired his steel-eyed focus fighting for all the residents of Hillsborough County.

Orlando Gudes

Tampa City Council, District 5

Patricia Kemp

As a countywide County Commissioner for District 6, Kevin Beckner has a record of standing up for Democratic ideals and justice for all. His pioneer work in juvenile justice reform is recognized as a model for communities across the state.

Patricia Kemp

Hillsborough County Commission

District 6 Countywide

Kevin Beckner is a natural leader and a dedicated public servant. From the day he was first elected, Kevin was a champion for Hillsborough County and its residents. Review his record; he fought for progress and change for all of us – not just some.

Darryl Rouson

FL State Senate, District 19

Mark Sharpe

During my time on the County Commission, I always marveled at Kevin’s ability to work not only across the aisle but also with diverse groups of interest helping deliver new and important programs to the residents of Hillsborough.

Mark Sharpe

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner

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As Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, I served as our independent watchdog, protecting consumers from price gouging and insurance scams. I watched Kevin Beckner lead the fight for consumers’ rights on the Hillsborough County Commission, exposing bogus claims and tackling insurance fraud. His work with law enforcement on long-needed PIP reform resulted in lower insurance costs for all Floridians, and he convinced his fellow Commissioners to pursue a damages claim against BP Oil, resulting in the largest award of any county in Florida: $28.5 million. Kevin is focused, capable, and determined.

Sean Shaw

Former Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, and State Representative, District 61

Alex Sink

I have known Kevin Beckner for years and watched him serve with integrity and efficiency while on the board of the Hillsborough County Commission. With his years of public service as a County Commissioner balancing a $4 billion budget and over 17 years as a Certified Financial Planning Professional, Kevin is the right person to lead Hillsborough into the future.

Alex Sink

Former Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida

Ed Turanchik

Kevin is smart, honest, and ethical. He cares deeply about good government and he pays attention to details.

Ed Turanchik

Attorney and Former County Commissioner

Luis Viera

Kevin Beckner is a trailblazer with a commitment to service and a track record as a champion for fiscal responsibility, inclusion, and historic change in Hillsborough County.

Luis Viera

Tampa City Council Chair

Community Leaders

I worked closely with Commissioner Beckner on Sun City Center’s proposal to develop a golf cart path to Walmart that had been tied up in bureaucratic red tape for years. Our success was due to Kevin’s leadership strength in bringing people together to find win-win solutions. I found Kevin to be a consistently honest, hardworking, and ethical County Commissioner during his 2 terms.

Edmund L. Barnes

Past President, Sun City Center Community Association

Cordel Batchelor

I have served in the Tamp Bay community for 20 years as an attorney and I have seen firsthand what Kevin Beckner can – and will – achieve as a public servant. Whether it be juvenile justice, violence prevention, employment for nonviolent ex-offenders, or insurance fraud – when Kevin decides to tackle something, he won’t rest until it’s done! He is ethical, focused, determined and dedicated.

Cordel Batchelor

Attorney & Office of Public Defender, Tampa

As County Commissioner, Kevin Beckner worked to expand the Civil Citation Program countywide to make sure our children get a second chance in life. He helped pave the way local policymakers address violence and post-incarceration continuums of care in the community. It’s refreshing to see leadership in action!

Robert Blount

Hillsborough County Resident

Simon Canasi

Kevin has always been an excellent public servant and watchdog of our tax dollars. His ‘thinking outside of the box’ serves us well.

Simon M. Canasi

Tampa Hispanic Heritage Man of the Year, 2019 and Former Hillsborough County Civil Service Board Member

Neal Carbaugh - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

As a former member of the Hillsborough Civil Service Board, I watched Kevin lead a collaborative effort among key stakeholders to create a new strategic plan for the Civil Service Board, including developing a new mission statement, vision statement, and goals. I also watched him implement innovative methodologies to incorporate paperless and web technology into our daily operations to make our organization more efficient and effective. Finally, I watched him manage taxpayer funds to successfully execute the many functions of our board and staff consistently under budget. Those qualities of collaborative leadership, visionary strategic planning, innovative use of technology, and efficient use of funds, when combined with his extensive network and knowledge of Hillsborough County operations, makes him an extraordinary leader.

Neal Carbaugh

Retired Colonel, United States Air Force

Former Hillsborough County Civil Service Board Member

Ernest M Coney Jr

Kevin Beckner is known as a champion for the residents of Hillsborough County, but it was his soft spot for at-risk populations that made him stand out to me. When Kevin served on the County Commission he lead the effort on impactful programs like Ready4Work and the Juvenile Task Force to foster opportunities in our underserved communities.

Ernest M. Coney, Jr.

President & CEO, Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc.

Ron Christaldi

I know Kevin Beckner personally and am impressed by his professionalism and passion for the pursuit of excellence.

Ron Christaldi

Partner, Management Committee Member, President/CEO Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC

I’ve known Kevin Beckner for two decades working with him most actively in his role as a County Commissioner and my capacity as Founding Director of Trinity Cafe, a not for profit restaurant that unconditionally serves a nutritious meal with love, care, dignity and respect to those in need. Kevin is ethical, smart, analytical, fair, and compassionate. He’s a strategic problem solver.

Jeff Darrey

Retired Founder of Marketing Associates USA, Founding Director Emeritus of Citrus Bank, and Co-Founder of Indigo Coffee

Pete Edwards

Having previously served with him as former members of the Children Board of Hillsborough County, I can personally attest to his professionalism, detailed analysis and upmost sincerity in protecting the taxpayers investment in a most efficient but effective manner.

Robert “Pete” Edwards

Community Volunteer

Kevin Beckner has been a superb representative of the citizens of Hilllsborough County. His thoughtful, deliberative, and ethical approach to decision making combined with his passion to succeed in his mission have provided the county the very best in political representation. His support for natural resource and ecosystem protection has helped move Hillsborough County in the important direction of implementing sustainable practices fort the foreseeable future.

Rick Garrity, PhD

Retired Executive Director, Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County

Robert Glaser - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

I have known Kevin as both a county commissioner and as an involved community citizen. His expertise, professionalism, and passion for excellence makes him an exceptional leader.

Robert Glaser

President/CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate

As an attorney and long-time advocate for excellence in government, I know that the mark of an extraordinary leader is demonstrated not only by their vision for the future, but by the energy and commitment to see that vision realized. I have worked with Kevin Beckner, and have seen his demonstrated a tenacity and selfless willingness to serve. Kevin esta con nuestro pueblo!

Alma Gonzalez

Attorney

Richard Gonzmart

I have known Kevin for more than 10 years. As our County Commissioner, Kevin displayed his leadership by protecting our tax dollars and streamlining government. Kevin is fiscally responsible, honest, and trustworthy. He is smart, fair, inclusive, and open to new ideas. We need more champions for all of Hillsborough like Kevin.

Richard Gonzmart

4th generation Caretaker, Columbia Restaurant Group

Ed Lally

I’ve known Kevin for many years and consider him to be a friend and mentor. As a County Commissioner, he collaborated with the business community, grassroots organizers, and government agencies to effect lasting change in Hillsborough County.

Ed Lally

Political & LGBTQ+ Activist

Yvette Lewis

When Kevin Beckner first stepped into the public spotlight he promised to bring change and more inclusion to Hillsborough County –  and time after time he delivered on those promises. Our county has made progress but still has a long way to go. Having strong leaders like Kevin out there fighting to level the playing field gives me hope.

Yvette Lewis

Civil Rights Activist

I have known Kevin Beckner since he was a County Commissioner and I noticed his attention on issues affecting our youth. His work to reform the juvenile justice system and to prevent violence in our community (following the Sandy Hook tragedy) continues to benefit our kids to this day.

Kevin’s strong work ethic and focus on process has served our community well. As a Mom and a Grandmother, I trust Kevin Beckner and you should too!

Candy Lowe

The Black Business Bus Tour

Since I first met Kevin during his successful campaign for County Commission, he has worked tirelessly to improve our community. Kevin’s work ranges from helping kids become productive citizens to using his knowledge of finance to watch over tax payers dollars on the commission. Our community needs leaders like Kevin who can bring innovative and new ideas.

Clinton Paris

Esquire, Past President George Edgecomb Bar Association, Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, Board of Directors

Eric Seidel

Kevin Beckner has a unique talent for looking for the best efficiencies possible in anything he is working on.

Eric Seidel, Esq.

Of Counsel, McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliot Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A.

Nadine Smith - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

Kevin has a knack for bringing diverse communities together to find solutions that are only possible because new perspectives and vantage points are allowed to emerge. We need smart, capable, inclusive and disciplined leadership. Kevin hits the mark.

Nadine Smith

LGBT Activist

I worked closely with Kevin as the Chair of the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board and throughout a difficult transition which he displayed extreme knowledge and leadership. Kevin consistently displayed the highest level of professionalism during every interaction, meeting and conversation.

Ernie E. Trichler, II

Attorney and Former Chair of Hillsborough County Civil Service Board

As a former local governmental agency attorney I worked closely with Kevin for over 10 years. I saw his dedication to making improvements in our community and I know he always does his homework. I know that Kevin’s service in elected office is for the right reason; to make government that is efficient and inclusive. 

Rick Tschantz

Attorney, Carlton Fields

I followed Kevin’s service on the Board of County Commissioners and found him to be a servant of all the citizens. He consistently chose to champion human rights’ initiatives to strengthen our community at-large that include: Civil Citations for juvenile offenders, violence prevention in our neighborhoods (Safe & Sound), human rights protection of all citizens, career development training for non-violent ex-offenders and a county-wide Diversity Council, to name a few.

We need effective, compassionate leaders. Kevin Beckner has proven himself to be one of those leaders.

Dr. Samuel L. Wright

President/CEO, Dr. Samuel L. Wright Consulting, LLC

Peter Zinober

I knew of Kevin by reputation as a County Commissioner for many years, and worked with him directly during his tenure as Civil Service Board Executive Director from 2016-2019.

I watched Kevin embrace a number of rather daunting challenges with intelligence, creativity and leadership, all the while remaining positive and committed to the welfare and protection of the classified employees of Hillsborough County.

Peter Zinober

Global Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Law, Ogletree Deakins

Organizations

Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1464
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 824
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 487
U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local Union 123
Hillsborough County Firefighters, Local 2294
Tampa Firefighters
Tampa Firefighters Local 754
Teamsters Local 79
Victory Fund
IBEW Local 915
IW Local 397
IUPAT Local 78
Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay
Muslims for Democracy and Fairness
Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus
The Florida Sentinel Bulletin
Greater Tampa Realtors
Organize Florida
Emgage Action
West Central Florida AFLCIO
WCFFL
Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association
Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association
UFCW
United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 1625
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