Tax collector showdown: Former collector Carney challenges incumbent Gannon in Dem primaryby George Bennett | March 13th, 2012
Carney, a real estate lawyer, was a Republican in 2006 when former Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him tax collector to replace retiring John Clark. Gannon defeated Carney in the general election that fall.Carney switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat about a year ago, saying at the time that the GOP had been “hijacked” by the tea party.
“Running for office really had not factored into my mind” when he switched, Carney said today. But, he said, “people have come up to me in the last two months and they encouraged me to run.”
Carney said he expects to raise more than $100,000 to run a competitive campaign. Gannon had raised $25,323 through the end of December.