When the Hillsborough County Commission passed legislation banning books on Gay Pride in the Public Libraries and any County sponsored Gay Pride events, Kevin Beckner knew he had to take action. He wanted to take on the chief architect of this hateful legislation and turned to Mitch Kates to run and win his campaign.
With the numbers stacked against us we developed an aggressive field plan with that targeted all members of the community and all political persuasions. We locked in on our message and stuck to a non-partisan and inclusive campaign.
Kevin Beckner worked for votes from across party lines to become the first openly gay elected official in the Tampa Bay, I-4 corridor region. Some have speculated that this long-shot victory not only changed Hillsborough County but also helped usher in a more accepting culture throughout Florida.