Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Higginbotham attributed his win to grassroots campaigning and hard-working volunteers.
Only an hour and 45 minutes after the polls closed, District 4 Hillsborough County Commission candidate Mark Nash, D-Lithia, knew he'd lost the race. At a gathering with supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverview, Nash intently watched the computer as the Supervisor of Elections Office released the precinct totals. Carrying just 38 percent of the vote, Nash conceded to incumbent County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, R-Plant City. "I congratulate Al," said Nash. "It's obvious I don't have the votes." However, Nash stopped short of calling his bid for office a failure. "A lot of good things came out of it. I reconnected with a lot of friends and even relatives," said Nash. Among those supporting Nash was a cousin he didn't know he had …
The incumbent will hold the District 4 seat for another four years.
The results are in and incumbent Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham will serve for another four years. Higginbotham garnered 74,380 votes in the general election, or 58.24 percent of the ballots cast. Democrat Mark Nash took 47,382 votes, or 37.10 percent of the ballots cast. Independent candidate Joy Green rounded out the three-way race. She ended up with 4.67 percent of the vote, or 5,961 ballots cast in her favor. Higginbotham was first elected to the commission in a 2006 special election. Nash is a former aide to Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. Green is the owner of Rise to the Top Tutoring Co. Results are considered unofficial until they are certified by the state of Florida.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Democrats running for office, including Gail Gottlieb, Mark Nash, Bruce Barnett and Elizabeth Belcher, face a more-focused race now that their Republican opponents have been decided with votes cast at the 2012 Primary Election.
While much of the media’s attention over the past month was on the Republican candidates in a closed-primary state, local Democrats have been quietly organizing their own campaigns for the fall, free of the distractions of party primaries. Republicans like Tom Lee and Jake Raburn had to fight for the right to represent the GOP in sometimes contentious and expensive primaries. Those races grabbed the bulk of headlines in newspapers and on TV. Local Democrats have kept their powder dry, running mostly unopposed in primaries, making few headlines but also not tapping campaign coffers they will need in the fall. Now that the dust has settled after the 2012 Primary Election on Aug. 14, naming for each party its local standard-bearer, the race …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Mark Nash, a 1979 graduate of Brandon High, seeks to unseat Al Higginbotham, a Plant City resident, in the Hillsborough County Commssion race for District 4. Newly drawn boundaries for District 4 split Brandon in two along State Road 60.
The race for Eastern Hillsborough’s District 4 county commission seat pits Brandon High School graduate Mark Nash, a Democrat, against incumbent Plant City resident Al Higginbotham, a Republican. Nash this year is looking to do for himself what he has already done for others in Eastern Hillsborough County: unseat an incumbent. Higginbotham is banking on winning another term to a seat he won easily in 2006 because, as he put it, “I’ve paid attention to detail, acted with integrity, kept my word and responded to citizen’s concerns.” Nash believes his “vision for the future of this community with better job opportunities, expanded transportation options and smarter growth management decisions” will win him a majority at the polls. …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Democrat Mark Nash, a Brandon High graduate, is running for the District 4 seat of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. In the race also is Joy Green, no party affiliation, and Republican incumbent Al Higginbotham of Plant City.
Days after marching with a stronghold of candidates at the 2012 Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade, Mark Nash will be at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop for a campign launch party in his bid for a seat on the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Nash, a Democrat, is running for the District 4 seat. Also in the race is Joy Green, no party affiliation, and incumbent Republican Al Higginbotham, of Plant City. Higginbotham was at the parade, mingling with participants and viewers, while Nash and his supporters marched in the parade. As the Nash unit approached the reviewing stand, it was noted that "Mark grew up in Brandon and is a Brandon High School graduate, class of 1979." Nash's campaign launch party is scheduled to run …