Even though Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan dropped four places in 2014 to #16 in the SaintPetersBlog list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians, that doesn’t mean his influence has suffered one bit.
In fact, Hagan—who is serving his fourth and final term in District 5—recently delighted business, residents and political colleagues countywide when organizers chose Tampa as the host the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championships —an effort the lifelong Hillsborough resident spearheaded. Accommodating a brand-new college-football playoff system, which doesn’t start until next year, holds the promise of big headline events, bringing in even bigger money.
The Republican is running unopposed for District 5 of the County Commission, an organization he had served since 2002, when he won the at-large District 2 seat. And it will probably stay that way, considering he has raised nearly $300K in his campaign to date.
Hagen’s pro–business agenda has also raised his profile in the film industry last year after he proposed a Film Commission Authority as part of the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Council. He also serves on the advisory board for the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
The controversy over the future of the Tampa Bay Rays also continues to be in Hagen’s sights — as a former University of Florida walk-on first baseman — expect the Hillsborough County commissioners to continue pushing for talks with the Rays organization to move the team to the other side of Tampa Bay.
As a fiscal conservative, has been a vocal, frequent opponent of higher taxes — even popular ones like money for fire stations — endearing him to both developers and the business community. But he is a thoughtful, reasoned legislator, one that serves Hillsborough County well.
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