TAMPA — Ken Hagan will have quite the fundraising headstart if and when someone else jumps into his race for Hillsborough County commissioner.
Hagan, the county’s longest-serving commissioner, has already raised $201,000 in his bid for another term, this time in District 2, according to campaign finance reports. That makes back-to-back months Hagan has pulled in $100,000.
The early fundraising advantage is a playbook Hagan has followed in past elections: Build up a war chest big enough to scare away competition.
Hagan, a Republican, was first elected to the county commission in 2002. He is termed out of his current District 5 countywide seat but is attempting to move back to the north county single-member district that first launched him into office.
In his bid for a second term, Commissioner Stacy White, a Republican, is unopposed, too, and has also raised fistfulls of cash. He added $11,000 to his coffers in May, bringing his total to $120,000. White represents east Hillsborough.
There has so far been little fundraising activity reported in the other county commission races. In District 7, to be vacated next year by retiring Commissioner Al Higginbotham, three candidates have filed: Commissioner Sandy Murman, a Republican; and Democrats Sky White and Charles Davis.
In District 5, Commissioner Victor Crist will attempt to make the leap from a single-member district to a countywide seat. He is currently set up for a Republican primary next year against Timothy Lynn Curtis. Elvis Jamine Piggot, a Democrat, has filed as well.
Recently, two candidates filed to run for Murman’s District 1 seat, which she will have to resign if she qualifies for the ballot: Tampa City Councilwoman Yolie Capin, a Democrat; and Republican Aakash Patel.