Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagen is now in his 14th year on the board. An advocate of the troubled Go Hillsborough transportation proposal, he remains the go-to guy on the county board when it comes to the Tampa Bay Rays possibly playing in Hillsborough County.
A noted sports nut, Hagan began speaking out in 2009 about the possibility the Rays could leave the Tampa Bay area. He contacted the ABC Coalition created to search for new potential stadium locations in 2010.
Hagan is also a strong proponent of bringing film productions to Hillsborough County, and says he’d push for local incentives to land a “high-impact film production.”
“I don’t think he’s a household name in Hillsborough County,” said political analyst Chris Ingram. “If I were consulting him, I’d tell him he needs to raise his profile. He’s very much a quiet, thinking person who’s rarely in the limelight.”
Still, Hagan moved up five slots this year from his 17 ranking in 2015.
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