Hillsborough Commissioner Stacy White to attend Trump's inauguration in Washington
TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White will be among the tens of thousands of people traveling to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Donald Trump next week.
White, an east Hillsborough Republican, and his family decided to attend the Jan. 20 ceremony soon after Trump’s election night victory in November.
He said it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for himself, his wife and three children, two girls ages 17, 14 and a 12-year-old boy.
“We just want to see the swearing in, the peaceful transition of power, the presidents riding together to the inauguration, the parade,” White said. “I think all those things are critical for them to see.”
White, who is the commission chairman, will miss next Thursday’s meeting. He plans to drive to the nation’s capital and while there will also attend the inaugural ball hosted by Gov. Rick Scott on Jan. 18.
Though Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won Hillsborough County, an overwhelming majority of voters in White’s suburban and rural district pulled the lever for Trump on Election Day.
White is very optimistic about what a Trump presidency will mean for Hillsborough and the country.
“I’m a populist conservative myself,” White said. “I prefer a populist message and I like what he’s talking about in terms of doing what’s right for America and the American people and particularly the American worker.
“I think it’s critically important to seek to bring high quality jobs back to America and I think President Trump has laid out a clear vision and you’re already seeing the business community react in a positive way.”
White said he is paying for the trip out of his own pocket and received his tickets to the inauguration the old fashion way: through his congressman.
“Washington, D.C. is a special city that honors our military and honors our various presidents that have done great things for our country,” he said. “There’s a lot of opportunity to take in culture and the arts and have the family enjoy Washington.”