New candidate files for District 4 Hillsborough Commission race
A second Republican has filed to run for the Hillsborough County Commission seat that will be vacated by Al Higginbotham in 2014.
Rick Cochran, 47, is a senior detective for the Tampa Police Department who is currently serving as senior vice president for its union, the Tampa Police Benevolent Association. He's been a leader with the union for the past five years, spurring his interest in politics, he said.
Cochran said he has been active in recent years in pushing for laws that affect law enforcement and has been involved in the union's candidate endorsement process. He is a native of Temple Terrace who currently resides in the Sundance Trails community in southeastern Hillsborough. Due to his union duties, he is generally inactive as a detective but most recently served on a unit that tracks career criminals and sex offenders. He has investigated domestic violence cases, homicides and serious car accidents, he said.
He joins school board member Stacy White in the District 4 race to represent largely eastern Hillsborough. Higginbotham is facing term limits and is seeking to run for the at-large District 7 seat being vacated in 2014 by fellow Republican Mark Sharpe, who also is leaving due to term limits.