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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: PROPERTY APPRAISER

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Few jobs have as much reach into the daily economic life of the county as property appraiser. The credibility of the valuations of more than 500,000 parcels of land, updated every year, depends on the appraiser. Incumbent Rob Turner faces Ken Ayers, a Democrat and former Tampa fire chief.

Pete Gifford, Riverview NPA Al Higginbotham, Plant City R
Gifford, 35, is a native of Dayton, Ohio, who has lived for 30 years in Hillsborough County. He has worked for 13 years as an electrical contractor. He is the owner of Meridian Electrical Services Inc. This is his first try at elected office. Experience Higginbotham, 56, the incumbent, was born and raised in Plant City. He has served one two-year term and is now seeking a four-year term. A former Democrat, he switched parties in 1991. In the Í80s, he founded a sales training company and a real estate brokerage firm in Orlando. He returned to Plant City to work in the family business, a palm tree nursery. He volunteered for the campaigns of Jeb and George W. Bush. He is a past chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee.
Graduated from Erwin Technical Center in Tampa. Education Political science degree from the University of Florida.
Believes county government has been too reactive in dealing with problems facing the county. He would be proactive, bringing issues to the board that he learns about from his travels around the community. Would encourage the property appraiser to reassess all properties in Hillsborough County and assign them the lowest tax bill possible. The pitch Says he has proved that he is willing to tackle difficult challenges head-on. As a commissioner, he says he has worked on problems by bringing people together to forge solutions. Says he wants to continue meeting with residents, learning their concerns and earning their confidence.
"I believe it is time to be proactive rather than reactive." Quote "Working together, we will make a difference, in our community and for future generations."
Supports light rail Commuter rail Should be considered in Hillsborough and across the region, along with enhanced bus service to get people to and from stations.
Home, business, bank account Assets Home, real estate, stocks, car
Mortgage Liabilities Mortgage
$194,166 Net worth $664,322
Business Income Commission salary, stock dividends
Married to Cari; two sons Personal Married to Devon; two grown children
www.votepetenow.com Web site www.vote4al.com.
pete@votepetenow.com E-mail al@vote4al.com.
About the job: Commissioners approve the county budget, currently $4-billion, run the Environmental Protection Commission, and approve local ordinances and zoning. District 4 represents southern and eastern Hillsborough County. The job pays $91,995 per year.

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