Democrat Mark Nash to run for Hillsborough Co. Commission setting up race vs. Al Higginbotham

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Today, Democrat Mark Nash announced that he has filed to run for the Hillsborough County Commission, District 7.

This countywide seat is being vacated by Commissioner Mark Sharpe due to terms limits. Republican Al Higginbotham is running to succeed Sharpe and has established himself as the clear frontrunner in this race.

This race had at one time included two Democrats, Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern and Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin. Both have withdrawn from this race.

“Little progress has been made by the leadership of this Commission over the last decade to address the key challenges facing our community,” said Mark Nash.  “Quality job creation should be the singular focus of this commission by ensuring that we have a transportation system and a plan for smart growth management that promote the economic development that this county deserves. It’s going to take courageous leadership, on issues that matter to Hillsborough residents.  This is something that Commissioner Higginbotham has failed to achieve, and after 8 years in office, it’s time for new management.  We can do better, we must do better.”

Nash is a Tampa Bay native, “whose family were early pioneers to the area,” reads a release from his campaign.  He graduated from Brandon Senior High School, and then later received his degree in criminology from Florida State University, with an emphasis in Juvenile Justice.

Nash played a key role on Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin Beckner’s campaign during the 2008 election, and then served as his legislative aide for Beckner’s first 18 months in office.



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