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Ken Hagan files to run for the District 2 seat on Hillsborough Commission

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Ken Hagan, who has served on the Hillsborough County Commission for the past 15 years, has filed to run for the District 2 seat in 2018.

Hagan is currently serving in District 5, the countywide seat that he won in 2010, defeating Democrat Linda Saul-Sena, and winning re-election to the seat in 2014.

District 2 is the north Hillsborough seat currently held by fellow Republican Victor Crist, who is term-limited out of the seat next year.

Hagan was first elected to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners in November 2002, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 to District 2.

A 49-year-old resident of Carrollwood, Hagan said two years ago that he was considering a run for Tampa Mayor in 2019. However he acknowledged that it might be difficult for a registered Republican to win in the city.

“I learned a long time ago that elections are scientific in nature, and the reality is that it’s nearly impossible for a Republican to win in the city of Tampa,” he said at the time. His announcement today doesn’t preclude that possibility.

Although Hillsborough County Commissioners have term limits of no more than two four-year terms in the same seat, there is no prohibition of then moving on to run for another seat for four or eight years.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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