PBA endorses Al Higginbotham in race for Hillsborough County Commission

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham today received significant support from law enforcement, with the endorsement of the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association for his District 7 campaign.

Higginbotham now represents District 4 on the Hillsborough County Commission, but cannot run again for that seat due to term limits. The Republican is looking to replace incumbent Mark Sharpe, who is also facing term-limits.  

Don Kruse is the other Republican in the District 7 race, along with two Democrats:  Hillsborough School board member April Griffin and current District 2 Commissioner Mary Mulhern.

In a letter announcing the endorsement, West Central Florida PBA President Nick Marolda is calling on all 36,000 PBA members, as well as their friends and family, to cast ballots in support of Higginbotham.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association,” Higginbotham said, in response to the PBA support.  “These brave men and women serve all of our community, putting their lives on the line daily to keep our community safe and secure.  I am honored to receive the endorsement of so many brave men and women and their families, who sacrifice for each of us, daily as they protect and serve our community.”

Higginbotham served Chair and Chaplain of the Board of County Commissioners, in addition to serving as Chair of the region’s Environmental Protection Commission. His public service concentration as a community leader focused primarily on agricultural, political and faith-based causes.

For more information on Higginbotham’s campaign, visit vote4al.com

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