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Former Gov. Jeb Bush Endorses Higginbotham in Commission Race
Posted Feb 25, 2013 by Mikell Salinero
Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush today endorsed Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham in the race for the District 7 countywide commission seat.
Higginbotham, who worked as a volunteer county chairman for Jeb Bush and as a regional chairman for the governor’s brother, former U.S. President George W. Bush, now represents eastern Hillsborough District 4. Higginbotham is barred from seeking re-election to the District 4 seat because of term limits.
“Al Higginbotham is committed to creating a better future for Hillsborough County,” Bush said in a press statement. “Al has led job creation efforts and has fought hard to achieve savings for Hillsborough County residents.”
Bush said he has known Higginbotham for 20 years.
“When he makes a commitment, he lives up to it,” Bush said. “You can trust Al Higginbotham to deliver Hillsborough County.’’
Higginbotham is the only Republican so far to enter the race for District 7, a seat now held by Republican Mark Sharpe, who is termed out.
Two Democrats, county School Board Chairwoman April Griffin, and Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, are also vying for the District 7 seat.