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Former Beckner aide says he's eyeing a run for office, but won't say which one



Mark Nash, a former aide to Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, confirmed part of the speculation that has him considering a run for office. But he won't say which one.

Talk has him looking at a bid for the District 4 County Commission seat currently held by Al Higginbotham, who is seeking reelection. And Nash, a Democrat, just recently moved from Tampa to the Lithia area. He grew up in Brandon. 

He wouldn't take the bait, discussing a variety of political offices in play this election season. But he said he'd be making an announcement soon.

"I’m looking at the whole landscape, but my interests have been local," Nash said.

A run for the District 4 seat would be a challenge for any Democrat, since it takes in much of eastern and southern Hillsborough County, which tilts heavily in Republicans' favor. Whatever he's considering, Nash says he's been looking at the numbers and sees a path to victory.

Nash worked on Beckner's campaign to unseat incumbent Republican Brian Blair in a countywide race before taking a job as one of his two aides. He left that job and later worked on former Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena's unsuccessful campaign against current County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:11pm]


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