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WHAT THEY SAY

Meet Aakash Patel

I’m creating a personal community outreach program – to show the people of District 1 that I have the skills, the experience, the contacts and the get-it-done ethic to represent them on the County Commission.
Why I’m Running
I care about this community very much

When I arrived here in 1998, we weren’t considered a big city yet. The downtown high-rises weren’t that high. The streets weren’t very crowded at night (with good reason…there wasn’t much for people to do).

Now, though, Hillsborough County is undergoing perhaps the most exciting metamorphosis in its history. A new downtown is blooming around the Riverwalk, and commercial, dining and entertainment activity is growing all over the county. Young entrepreneurs are now staying here, instead of seeking greener pastures elsewhere. And they’re doing everything from starting tech companies to brewing craft beer.

All of which means that now is a critical time for all of us who call Hillsborough County home.  We stand at the threshold of greatness. But without the know-how, the can-do spirit, the inter-agency cooperation, the vision – and the visionaries – none of this is guaranteed.

As we grow, we’re facing major questions – and choices – on key issues such as traffic, tourism and economic development. We need people who know how to navigate tricky waters. Who know how to build consensus. And who’ve demonstrated these talents in leadership positions.

I know how to get things done, and I have the record to prove it. And I care very much about this community.

That’s why I’m running.

Why I’m Running
I care very much about this community

When I arrived here in 1998, we weren’t considered a big city yet. The downtown high-rises weren’t that high. The streets weren’t very crowded at night (with good reason…there wasn’t much for people to do).

Now, though, Hillsborough County is undergoing perhaps the most exciting metamorphosis in its history. A new downtown is blooming around the Riverwalk, and commercial, dining and entertainment activity is growing all over the county. Young entrepreneurs are now staying here, instead of seeking greener pastures elsewhere. And they’re doing everything from starting tech companies to brewing craft beer.

All of which means that now is a critical time for all of us who call Hillsborough County home.  We stand at the threshold of greatness. But without the know-how, the can-do spirit, the inter-agency cooperation, the vision – and the visionaries – none of this is guaranteed.

As we grow, we’re facing major questions – and choices – on key issues such as traffic, tourism and economic development. We need people who know how to navigate tricky waters. Who know how to build consensus. And who’ve demonstrated these talents in leadership positions.

I know how to get things done, and I have the record to prove it. And I care very much about this community.

That’s why I’m running.

The Issues
WHERE I STAND
Tourism
My family has been in the hospitality industry for many years and I've seen first hand what a dip in tourism dollars can do to the people who work on the front line of this essential industry.
Economic Development
Hillsborough County needs more jobs now to keep up with our population growth, and just as I've worked as a job creator in my personal business I will do the same as your commissioner.
Education
As Chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County for the past 3 years I've gained deeper insight into the importance of early learning education for our children's future.
Public Safety
Public safety is a vital roles facing governments nationally. As an honorary Deputy Sheriff , FBI Citizen's Academy & Tampa Police Citizen's Academy graduate, I understand the importance of public safety & law enforcement.
Government Efficiency
Hillsborough County needs more jobs now to keep up with our population growth, and just as I've worked as a job creator in my personal business I will do the same as your commissioner.
Transportation
As residents of Hillsborough we all know how the lack of public transportation options we have. This is our time to adopt smart growth patterns to attract businesses and employees to our region.
What others may perceive as obstacles, I perceive as challenges, and even opportunities.
AAKASH PATEL
What Others Say
TESTIMONIALS
Michael HinmanKamlesh DarjiJackson King
I've always known that he would do amazing things. He successfully balances what business & community leaders need. It's clear from every conversation that he loves Tampa, & the people who help make it great.
Michael Hinman
Editor, Riverdale Press
Aakash is a considerate, dynamic young man who has a very accommodating personality. He is also one of the most well connected people that I know and a firm believer in value-creation through relationships.
Kamlesh Darji
VP Business Development, NRISTARTUPINDIA.COM
Having known Aakash for several years I have found him tenacious, tireless, and resoruceful. Always willing to lend a hand and make an introduction he was a valuable asset in marketing our developments.
Jackson King
Healthcare Program Manager, Phillips Development