TAMPA — A second Democrat has joined the race for an open Hillsborough County Commission seat.
Mark Nash, a former aide to County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, filed a statement of candidacy Thursday for the at-large District 7 seat that Republican Mark Sharpe will leave in November due to term limits.
Democrat Pat Kemp, a lawyer and former County Democratic Party leader, filed to run in April.
Three declared Republican candidates for the seat are Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, leaving his current seat because of term limits; Robin Lester, a financial consultant; and beauty school owner Don Kruse.
Nash ran for the District 4 seat in 2012, losing to Higginbotham. He has been involved with local political campaigns since 2005.
Higginbotham has raised more than $164,000 in campaign contributions while Lester has more than $9,600 and the remaining three have raised nothing, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.