Kevin White wins only one precinct, Mark Sharpe dominates in Tampa
How bad was Kevin White's trouncing yesterday? He won only one precinct, 605, a neighborhood bordered loosely by Orient Road, Hillsborough Avenue and Interstate 4, in his losing bid for re-election to the District 3 Hillsborough County Commission seat. Generally speaking, that's the Eastlake neighborhood where the county had considered building a tent city for homeless people.
A look at the precinct map in the Mark Sharpe/Josh Burgin contest gives some idea of where backers of the proposed 1 cent sales tax to pay for road improvements, expanded bus service and rail need to do their work. Sharpe yesterday won his primary race in his run for re-election to the District 7 commission seat. The Burgin campaign was built almost entirely around Sharpe's support of the tax. And where did Burgin succeed? He cut a swath from the northeastern corner of Hillsborough County to the south central border. Sharpe won the southeastern corner, and nearly all of Tampa stretching up to the northwestern part of the county.
Janet Zink, Times staff writer