Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Al Higginbotham wins re-election on Hillsborough County Commission

TAMPA — Republican Al Higginbotham will remain on the Hillsborough County Commission for another two years.

Higginbotham won Tuesday night by a wide margin, collecting 58 percent of the vote against opponents Mark Nash, a Democrat, and Joy Green, who ran with no party affiliation.

As commissioner for District 4, Higginbotham was first elected to the seat in a special election six years ago. The district represents eastern Hillsborough including Plant City, as well the area south of State Road 60 and east of Interstate 75.

This time, he faces a two-year term instead of a four-year term because of redistricting.

"I'm very honored and humbled," he said. "I think people responded to the positive message that we focused on. From the very beginning we talked about working together and focused on the things the county's done right and had successes with."

In the past six years, Higginbotham said he has worked to stabilize county spending, preserve public transportation in eastern Hillsborough and diversify the county's economy.

But he acknowledges that there is more work to be done and that he will be better about promoting the county's successes in the future.

"My priority is going to be economic development, bringing jobs in not only to east Hillsborough, but all of Hillsborough County," he said.

Nash congratulated Higginbotham and said he was proud of the race. He said he plans to run for local office again in the future.

"I love Hillsborough County," he said. "But we are not anywhere close to our potential as a community and that's because we've had, collectively, less than adequate local leadership. That seems to be turning around a little bit, but the County Commission needs some help."

Green said she also plans on running for office again.

"I wish Mr. Higginbotham the best, for the next couple years anyway," she said.

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