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Hillsborough Republican activist Sam Rashid applies for aviation authority post

TAMPA — Republican political activist Sam Rashid has joined the list of those vying for a seat on the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's governing board, which oversees Tampa International Airport.

Rashid, 51, is an east Hillsborough County businessman and prominent fundraiser for GOP candidates and causes. He's also the CEO of a Plant City company, Holtec USA, which is the American arm of a German manufacturer of specialized sawing equipment.

Rashid was a friend of Steve Burton, the former chairman of the aviation authority who died on April 21. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Burton's replacement on Tuesday: Martin Garcia, 57, a Tampa attorney who served as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's campaign chair in 2010.

But the term of board member Dr. Joseph Diaco is expiring soon. Diaco reapplied for his position. He and Rashid are among the 22 candidates who want to join the board.

Also applying are former Hillsborough County Commissioner and Tampa City Council member Tom Scott; retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Arthur "Chip" Diehl III, who served at MacDill Air Force Base: and A.D. "Sandy" MacKinnon, Tampa businessman and husband of former County Commissioner Dottie Berger MacKinnon.

Hillsborough Republican activist Sam Rashid applies for aviation authority post 06/26/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:23pm]
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