Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The County Commissioner from East Hillsborough is running for a countywide seat in 2014, but some are saying his stand on two recent controversial issues will hurt him in the long run. We’d like to get your thoughts!
Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham is in for a fight in 2014 – one that some say he’s going to have an increasingly difficult time winning. The District 4 commissioner from East Hillsborough County is running for a countywide seat on the board. While his strong support base of Eastern Hillsborough Republicans has carried him through in the past, skeptics say Higginbotham is going to have a hard time overcoming his own voting record when residents countywide turn out to the polls in 2014. 2 Possible Sticking Points The Tampa Tribune calls into question Higginbotham’s ability to overcome two recent decisions it says have cast the commissioner in a less-than-positive light with those who don’t share his conservative views. They …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Higginbotham attributed his win to grassroots campaigning and hard-working volunteers.
Only an hour and 45 minutes after the polls closed, District 4 Hillsborough County Commission candidate Mark Nash, D-Lithia, knew he'd lost the race. At a gathering with supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverview, Nash intently watched the computer as the Supervisor of Elections Office released the precinct totals. Carrying just 38 percent of the vote, Nash conceded to incumbent County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, R-Plant City. "I congratulate Al," said Nash. "It's obvious I don't have the votes." However, Nash stopped short of calling his bid for office a failure. "A lot of good things came out of it. I reconnected with a lot of friends and even relatives," said Nash. Among those supporting Nash was a cousin he didn't know he had …
The incumbent will hold the District 4 seat for another four years.
The results are in and incumbent Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham will serve for another four years. Higginbotham garnered 74,380 votes in the general election, or 58.24 percent of the ballots cast. Democrat Mark Nash took 47,382 votes, or 37.10 percent of the ballots cast. Independent candidate Joy Green rounded out the three-way race. She ended up with 4.67 percent of the vote, or 5,961 ballots cast in her favor. Higginbotham was first elected to the commission in a 2006 special election. Nash is a former aide to Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. Green is the owner of Rise to the Top Tutoring Co. Results are considered unofficial until they are certified by the state of Florida.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Plant City native has the endorsements of former Gov. Jeb Bush, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis.
In his bid for a second term on the Hillsborough County Commission, Plant City native Al Higginbotham is focusing on his accomplishments during the past six years as well as his commitment to solve problems within District 4, which includes Brandon, Valrico, Riverview and FishHawk Ranch. “I’ve paid attention to detail, acted with integrity, kept my word and responded to citizen’s concerns," said Higginbotham, who is often seen attending chamber of commerce functions, community meetings and social events throughout the district. Higginbotham says he understands the tough times facing residents in his district. "I've been there myself," he said. After attending the University of Florida where he received a bachelor of science degree in …
Native Brandon resident Mark Nash is hoping to win the Hillsborough County Commission District Seat.
It's been a long, hot summer but Hillsborough County Commission District 4 candidate Mark Nash hasn't allowed a little heat and humidity get in his way of meeting with residents and urging them to vote for change. Nash has been seemingly unstoppable, appearing at dozens of community meetings, fundraisers for nonprofits, even walking the entire Brandon Fourth of July parade. He said his dedication to his candidacy for county commission stems from his roots in Brandon, a community he feels has long been ignored by county politicians. Running against incumbent Al Higginbotham, R-Plant City, Nash, a Democraft, believes it's time that the Brandon area has some representation in County Center. And although Republican voters dominate East …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Democrats running for office, including Gail Gottlieb, Mark Nash, Bruce Barnett and Elizabeth Belcher, face a more-focused race now that their Republican opponents have been decided with votes cast at the 2012 Primary Election.
While much of the media’s attention over the past month was on the Republican candidates in a closed-primary state, local Democrats have been quietly organizing their own campaigns for the fall, free of the distractions of party primaries. Republicans like Tom Lee and Jake Raburn had to fight for the right to represent the GOP in sometimes contentious and expensive primaries. Those races grabbed the bulk of headlines in newspapers and on TV. Local Democrats have kept their powder dry, running mostly unopposed in primaries, making few headlines but also not tapping campaign coffers they will need in the fall. Now that the dust has settled after the 2012 Primary Election on Aug. 14, naming for each party its local standard-bearer, the race …
Photos of the aftermath of a July 28 fire at Frost Elementary School, shown alongside photos snapped at the school's Aug. 16 open house greeting, give testament to the will of a community to make right the lives of teachers and students at Frost.
Two Hillsborough County commissioners and representatives of the Mosaic company were in attendance Aug. 16 at the open house for parents and students at Frost Elementary School, where a fire July 28 destroyed the kindergarten classrooms of teachers Holly Cover and Jamy Daily-Herman. "At first it was devastating and now it's just been great all the support from everybody," said teacher Holly Cover, in a full report on the gathering posted at Brandon Patch (Fire-Damaged Frost Elementary Bounces Back With Community Support ). "We couldn't rebuild without it." That support includes a $5,000 check from the Mosaic company and school supplies donated by employees at the Riverview plant and the FishHawk offices. The photos posted here give …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Democrat Mark Nash, a Brandon High graduate, is running for the District 4 seat of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. In the race also is Joy Green, no party affiliation, and Republican incumbent Al Higginbotham of Plant City.
Days after marching with a stronghold of candidates at the 2012 Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade, Mark Nash will be at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop for a campign launch party in his bid for a seat on the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Nash, a Democrat, is running for the District 4 seat. Also in the race is Joy Green, no party affiliation, and incumbent Republican Al Higginbotham, of Plant City. Higginbotham was at the parade, mingling with participants and viewers, while Nash and his supporters marched in the parade. As the Nash unit approached the reviewing stand, it was noted that "Mark grew up in Brandon and is a Brandon High School graduate, class of 1979." Nash's campaign launch party is scheduled to run …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the Bloomingdale-Riverview area and Hillsborough County.
Friday, June 15, 2012
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here are several that locals are already talking about: President Barack Obama: The president’s run for reelection has locals riding both sides of the fence. GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor has visited the Tampa Bay area many times, focusing most of his comments on the economy. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections: Three candidates have already filed to run for the post being vacated by Earl Lennard, who is not running for re-election. State Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, threw his hat into the ring last week and will oppose Democrats Craig …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
County Commissioner Al Higginbotham hosted a thank-you luncheon for county employees at the Primrose School.
Ami Gohil was frantic. Her new private preschool, the Primrose School of Bloomingdale, was due to open within the week when she received word that the county wouldn't issue her a certificate of occupancy. "I looked at the utility plans and realized that the sewer line wasn't going to work," said George Goodwin of the county's development review section. "I was the bad guy. But my role is to insure that infrastructure meets county standards, and I wanted to make sure the sewer system would work for the school." But for Gohil, who owns the school with her husband, Ketan, the county's decision presented a dilemma. She was expecting 125 children to arrive for the start of the new school year in August, and she was going to have to turn them …