Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Al Higginbotham beats Mark Nash in Hillsborough County Commission District 4 race

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

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Mark Nash tells CL that some of his friends will never forgive us for our headline after Nash announced he was challenging Republican Al Higginbotham for the Eastern Hillsborough County District 4 County Commission seat (That headline was "Is he nuts?!!Democrat Mark Nash says he can win in the most conservative part of Hillsborough County").

With 74 of 82 precincts reporting, Higginbotham is leading Nash by a 58-38 percent lead.

Speaking to CL before the final results were in tonight, Nash said he disagreed with the proposition that Democrats are unelectable in Eastern Hillsborough (and cited Gail Gottlieb's chances as proving that adage to be inaccurate, though Gottlieb is trailing as we write this to Republican Ross Spano).

When asked about his GOP opponent, Nash said that though he "liked Al," he says he doesn't believe he's the dynamic public servant that will allow the county to reach its full potential.

"Hillsborough has to lead this region out of the malaise that we’re in, and I know in my heart as much of a good guy that Al is, he is not that person that I just described."

The 50-year-old Nash, who has worked as a campaign manager and was an aide to Commissioner Kevin Beckner for a year-and-a-half, says that as an analyst, he'll break down Tuesday night's results before determining what he'll do next, but says there's a good chance he'll run again. "This will not be my last campaign," he vowed.

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