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Raulerson praised at final city commission meeting

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:47 PM

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City Commissioner Dan Raulerson choked with emotion Monday as he bid farewell to his colleagues at his final meeting after five years in office.

"I've really been thrilled to be a part of this team. And that's what this is, a team," said Raulerson, who is resigning to run for a state House seat. Raulerson said it was an honor and privilege to have served.

The Republican and former mayor faces Democrat Jose Vazquez in the Nov. 6 election.

Fellow commissioners showered Raulerson with praise for his hard work.

"I thank your for your service to the city," Commissioner Mary Mathis said. "You did a phenomenal job."

Mayor Mike Sparkman presented Raulerson with a proclamation and plaque. Raulerson's wife Shirley also was given a bouquet of roses.

Sparkman said he enjoyed working with the 55-year-old Raulerson and hoped to continue to work with him if he wins the state seat now held by Rich Glorioso, who couldn't run again due to term limits.

dnicholson@tampatrib.com (813) 394-5103

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