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Plant City Courier

Raulerson praised at final city commission meeting

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

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. (813) 394-5103