By Tamas Mondovics
After winning a close three-person race in the Republican primary last month and facing only a write-in candidate in November, Stacy White is poised to officially take his place as a member of the Hillsborough County Commission.
White, 42, ran a successful campaign against his Republican opponents Rick Cochran and Janet Dougherty, while always maintaining a positive outlook and strong confidence in the now confirmed results.
“I feel humbled to earn the community’s confidence, but I am not surprised of the outcome,” White said.
During his campaign, White has earned the support of State Attorney Mark Ober, (13th Judicial Circuit) Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, former Hillsborough Superintendent of Schools Earl Lennard, State Representative Dan Raulerson as well as Former Senator Ronda Storms, to name a few.
“I am pleased to endorse Stacy White for the Hillsborough County Commission,” Raulerson said. “Stacy has deep roots in Hillsborough County and now he’s raising a family here. His conservative values combined with his passion to serve our community will make him a great addition to the County Commission.”
Gee also spoke in support of White when he said, “I have known Stacy White to be a man of the highest character and integrity. Stacy has represented our community well as a member of the School Board. I am proud to offer him my endorsement and support in his campaign for Hillsborough County Commission District 4.”
While offering her support, Storms said, “Stacy would make an excellent commissioner and the people of District 4 would be fortunate to have him. I know nobody will surpass Stacy’s skills and heart.”
A pharmacist for the past two decades, White grew up in the Riverview area and attended East Bay High School.
It is safe to say that upon taking his seat as District 4 County Commissioner, White has plenty to do. When asked about his to-do list as commissioner, White did not hesitate to mention his top five, staring with road improvements, which he said are a countywide issue, although he wants to focus on the problems in south Brandon and Riverview areas. White’s second, third and fourth concerns included neighborhood safety, street lights issues, as well as interest in following up with the now infamous Bloomingdale Big Box development problem, which he has inherited from former District 4 commissioner Al Higginbotham.
The fifth topic on White’s to-do list is getting to know County Animal Services.
While on the commission, White plans to work part-time.
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