"Anybody who knows me knows that I?ve never taken easy paths to ever accomplish anything," says the Brandon native, who then rolled off a variety of things he's done in his life that weren't easy, such as picking strawberries and tomatoes, and working in a steel mill while attending college. "Anything worthwhile takes a great deal of work." But Nash believes that once the community gets to know him and what he brings to the conversation, and after "we understand a lot more about my opponent than we do right now," he thinks it will be a very "easy decision for Eastern Hillsborough voters" to choose him, not elaborating on what he means about Commissioner Higginbotham.
"If we're really going to change the sad state of affairs that we're in right now, we've got to change the people who are having the conversation, and that's really the only way you're going to change the results. I'm going to work for the people in Hillsborough County, unlike other public officials who do what they do and the rest of us end up getting nowhere," he says.
Nash grew up in a Republican household and insists he will have support from some "diehard conservatives." He lists the three main pillars of his candidacy as 1) improving economic opportunity for everyone in the community, 2) growth management and 3) transportation.
"As a whole," he contends, there's been poor leadership on the Board of County Commissioners. "There are a few bright spots, but collectively this board has completely failed the people of this county," Nash says, mentioning the various scandals regarding county attorney Renee Lee, county administrator Pat Bean and former commissioner Kevin White in recent years. Last week White began serving time in a federal prison in Georgia after being found guilty of corruption while serving on the Public Transportation Commission.
Several times in his conversation with CL, Nash referred to a "tipping point" in terms of where the county is right now when it comes to the above topics.
In addition to working with Saul-Sena, Nash also worked on the political campaigns of school board hopeful April Griffin and county commissioner Kevin Beckner. (Both won.) Nash later ended up working for a year and a half as an aide in Beckner's office. The longest professional stint of his life was for the Gillette Company, doing sales, marketing and management all over the Midwest and the South.
Interestingly, right before the qualifying deadline, a little-known independent candidate named Joy Green also qualified for the race. She was unavailable for comment.