Hagan leads Hillsborough commission candidates in fundraising
TAMPA - Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan led all commission candidates in campaign finance contributions collected in the second quarter of this year. Hagan, who has served on the commission since 2002, raised $125,235 from April 1 through June 30, bringing his total contributions this year to $174,410. So far, no other candidates have filed to run for the countywide District 5 seat now held by Hagan. The election is in November 2014. Contributors can give a maximum of $500 a quarter, but businesses often give more through different divisions. Husbands, wives and other family members also can give individual contributions up to the limit.Hagan received a total of 364 contributions. Contributors included lawyers, real estate companies, developers, hotels, automotive dealers, investors, firefighter and police unions. Hagan, who sits on the Public Transportation Commission, also received $7,500 from cab, limousine and other transportation companies regulated by the commission. Commissioner Al Higginbotham, who is running for the countywide District 7 seat, raised $40,555 in his most recent filing, giving him a total this year of $88,465. This is the first countywide run for Higginbotham, who is leaving the east-Hillsborough District 4 seat because of term limits. Two Democrats also are running for the District 7 seat: county School Board Chairwoman April Griffin and Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern. Mulhern raised $11,270 in the second quarter, bringing her total for the year to $32,350. Griffin's collected $7,245 this quarter, giving her a total of $18,760. Former Hillsborough school board member Stacy White raised $21,431 for the quarter in his bid for the District 4 seat being vacated by Higginbotham. White's opponent in the Republican primary, Rick Cochran, raised $9,865. No Democrats have filed yet to run in District 4, which covers all of east Hillsborough and part of south county. The deadline for filing contribution statements was midnight.