Times recommends: Hagan, White, Smith, Overman for Hillsborough County Commission
District 7 (countywide)
Kimberly Overman has spent years working to improve Hillsborough County, through her civic work and volunteer service in local government. She has a clear vision for protecting neighborhoods, strengthening the economy and protecting the quality of life in urban and suburban areas alike.
Overman, 60, a certified financial planner, has lived in the county for 34 years and served on a variety of neighborhood and government planning boards. She has sensible views on how to better manage growth, invest in transportation, and use housing and land use to build a more sustainable region. She supports a robust mass transit system, smarter land use, collaborative approaches to urban infill and closer cooperation on regional issues.
Todd Marks, 48, a Tampa attorney, said the board needs "consistent conservative principles." Yet the Republican supports the commission's decision in 2013 to give $6.25 million in subsidies to attract a Bass Pro Shops near Brandon. He talks of the need to slow sprawl, but he doesn't offer a cohesive strategy for improving transportation or making smarter land-use decisions.
Overman has thought through the challenges Hillsborough faces and the responsibilities of a county commissioner. She is a doer who would make county government more responsive and accountable. Green Party candidate Kim O'Connor, 70, who resigned from a conservation board in June following a controversy over marijuana found in her hotel room on a board trip, is also on the ballot.
In the countywide race for Hillsborough County Commission District 7, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Kimberly Overman.