Al Higginbotham: Have Recent Votes Hurt His Chances?
The County Commissioner from East Hillsborough is running for a countywide seat in 2014, but some are saying his stand on two recent controversial issues will hurt him in the long run. We’d like to get your thoughts!
Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham is in for a fight in 2014 – one that some say he’s going to have an increasingly difficult time winning.
The District 4 commissioner from East Hillsborough County is running for a countywide seat on the board. While his strong support base of Eastern Hillsborough Republicans has carried him through in the past, skeptics say Higginbotham is going to have a hard time overcoming his own voting record when residents countywide turn out to the polls in 2014.
2 Possible Sticking Points
The Tampa Tribune calls into question Higginbotham’s ability to overcome two recent decisions it says have cast the commissioner in a less-than-positive light with those who don’t share his conservative views. They are:
- His no vote on creating a domestic partner registry in the county
- His move to support a $6.25 million agreement to fund road construction that will ultimately help the developer that’s building a multi-use complex that is anticipated to serve as the Tampa Bay home of Bass Pro Shops
Higginbotham already faces competition in the 2014 race for the countywide District 7 seat from two Democrats – Hillsborough County School Board Chairwoman April Griffin and Tampa Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, according to the Supervisor of Elections website.
How do you think Higginbotham will fare in 2014? Do you think his votes on the partner registry and Bass Pro will hurt him? Take the poll below or share your opinion in the comments section.