Hagan amps up his fundraising in second quarter of campaigning
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan officially amped up his efforts to scare off any competition as he seeks a final term on the board.
Hagan, a Republican, pulled in $125,235 in his second quarter of fundraising, though he has yet to draw a challenger for 2014. That brings his total to $174,410 and he's only spent about $1,500 of it.
His contributors' list is a who's who of the real estate and development community, from land-use attorney Vin Marchetti, to developer Don Phillips, who gave personally and through his companies. There is also a healthy collection of contributions from cab and limo company operators regulated by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, on which Hagan sits. Several figures from the Tampa Bay Lightning also contributed.
Republican Al Higginbotham came in a distant second in fundraising as he seeks to move from his District 4 seat representing eastern Hillsborough to the at-large seat Republican Mark Sharpe will leave due to term limits. He raised $40,555 to bring his total to $88,465 and has spent just less than $6,000.
Higginbotham so far faces three Democrats. Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern leads the trio with $32,350 raised, $11,270 in the most recent quarter. She has spent just more than $6,000 of that.
For a current office holder, school board chairwoman April Griffin continues what can only be considered a slow start for a county-wide race. She raised $7,245 in the most recent quarter to take her total to $18,760 after two quarters. She has spent just more than $4,000.
The third Democrat, Cristina Cain, just announced.
Finally, in the District 4 contest to replace Higginbotham, school board member Stacy White, a Republic raised $21,431 in his first quarter of campaigning. He has spent $445. He is competing against fellow Republican Rick Cochran, who raised $9,865 and spent about $1,200.