Statement from the Hillsborough Democratic Party on passing of Bill McBride

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The Hillsborough County Democratic Party has released the following comments regarding the passing of former gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride:
“Bill’s many contributions to the nation, the state, and the local community set an example that few can ever hope to emulate,” says Chris Mitchell, Chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party.
“Whether Bill was serving as part of a Marine Corps operation, guiding his law firm to success, running for governor, or acting in the role of a local Democratic precinct committeeman, he always understood that he was part of something bigger than himself. Bill had a way of leading that drew others in and caused them to feel that they, too, were irreplaceable parts of an important effort.”
“The Democratic Party, the Hillsborough County community, and I personally feel Bill’s loss keenly,” says Mitchell.  “We realize, though, that Bill’s family has been forced to say good-bye too soon to their husband and father  — that his death is hardest for them to bear. We will be holding Bill’s entire family close in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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