Republican Al Higginbotham reelected to Hillsborough County Commission

11/07/12 Seán Kinane
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Two Hillsborough County Commissioners won reelection Tuesday.

Democrat Kevin Beckner defeated Republican challenger Margaret Iuculano.

Republican Al Higginbotham held off two challengers, Democrat Mark Nash and Joy Green who is not affiliated with any party. At the Republican Party of Florida election night reception in Tampa, Higginbotham said he was able to win despite the Democratic wave that swept Hillsborough County because of the effort of his campaign workers.

"We have worked hard over the last two and a half months. Since the first of September we knocked on over 15,000 doors. I had anywhere from 40 to 60 walkers with me over the weekends. On the streets during the weeks waving signs. During the last 12 days we put out over 100,000 pieces of direct mail. We have worked hard. We ran a grassroots oriented campaign and I am just grateful the the voters have the confidence in me and the job that we've done the last 6 years to ask me to come back. I look forward to working just as hard this next two years as I have in the last six."

Republican State Representative Shawn Harrison was defeated in his bid for re-election. Democrat Mark Danish won the seat north of Tampa by about 600 votes -- one percentage point.

In a closely watched Hillsborough school board race, incumbent Carol Kurdell defeated conservative activist Terry Kemple. Kemple led the recent challenge to the county’s guest speaker policy after a leader from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spoke at a New Tampa school.

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