Testimonials for Kevin Beckner

Kevin is proud to be endorsed by leaders and organizations around the region who know his dedication, experience, and integrity make him the most qualified candidate for the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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. Kevin Beckner will make a very solid and hard-working Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Joe Affronti, Sr.

Former Mayor, Temple Terrace

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I proudly endorse Kevin Beckner. His experience as a financial planner, his understanding of Hillsborough County and his impeccable judgement and foresight make him the perfect person to serve as Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Joe Citro

Tampa City Council

Lynn Gray - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

Education is the new currency. This is a quote which I am certain Kevin Beckner will apply as the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Kevin’s experience with large budgets management and people skills will serve to benefit the needs of our Hillsborough County Public School employees and students.

Lynn Gray

Hillsborough County Public School Board Member, District 7

Patricia Kemp

As a countywide County Commissioner for District 6, Kevin Beckner had 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. I wholeheartedly endorse Kevin Beckner for the position of Clerk of Courts.”

Patricia Kemp

Hillsborough County Commission

District 6 Countywide

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. He will continue to that as our Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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 – he’s exactly who we need as Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Sean Shaw

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

Alex Sink

As the former Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida, I know firsthand what skill sets and background are required to effectively run this important branch of government. 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 my choice and the right person to lead Hillsborough into the future as Clerk of the Circuit Courts.

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. He is the right person to be Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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. I am proud to stand with Kevin as he seeks to continue his journey as the Clerk of our Circuit Court.

Luis Viera

Tampa City Council Chair

Community Leaders and Organizations

Erin Aebel - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

Kevin has the demeanor and experience to be an excellent Clerk of the Circuit Court. He will help our community by managing our court system which touches so many people’s lives.

Erin Aebel

Attorney

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. He has a vision to take the Clerk’s office into the future, and he is the right person for the job. I proudly endorse him.

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’ will serve 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, make him an excellent choice for Clerk of Court.

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. He is the right person to lead our Clerk of the Circuit Court offices.

Ernest M. Coney, Jr.

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

Robert Glaser - Kevin Beckner Testimonial

I have known Kevin as both a county commissioner and as an involved community citizen and I know his expertise and professionalism will provide to the citizens of HIllsborough county the best candidate to serve as Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Robert Glaser

President/CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate

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. Kevin’s integrity and financial background make him the perfect fit for the Clerk of the Circuit Court and I’m thrilled he’s seeking elected office again. We could not be in better hands.

Ed Lally

Political & LGBTQ+ Activist

Eric Seidel

Kevin Beckner has a unique talent for looking for the best efficiencies possible in anything he is working on. Local attorneys and our clients will benefit from having a focused leader with a fresh approach in the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office.

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 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 and, in my opinion, he is the right person to lead the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court.

Dr. Samuel L. Wright

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

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. Kevin’s experience and integrity would make him an excellent Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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 interest in elected office is for the right reason, government that is efficient and inclusive. Kevin is by far the best qualified person to serve as our next Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Rick Tschantz

Attorney, Carlton Fields

Peter Zinober

It gives me great pleasure to endorse Kevin Beckner in his candidacy for Clerk of the Circuit Court. 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. I am certain he will bring these same qualities to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and I am thrilled to recommend him to the public for this position.

Peter Zinober

Global Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Law, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Proudly Endorsed by

Hillsborough County Firefighters, Local 2294
U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local Union 123
Tampa Firefighters
Tampa Firefighters Local 754
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