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#17 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Ken Hagan

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Ken Hagan, the longest-serving Hillsborough County Commissioner (going on 15 years), announced last month that he’ll attempt to stay in the job by running in District 2 next year. That ended the somewhat far-flung speculation (promoted by Hagan himself) that the Carrollwood Republican was considering a move to Tampa to run for mayor in 2019. Hagan is all about bringing sports to Hillsborough County — he stays the point man in the region in working on bringing the Tampa Bay…

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Hillsborough Commission candidate Elvis Pigott explains his arrest record – again

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Last week, SPB published a story about 29-year-old Elvis Pigott, a Democratic candidate for the District 5 countywide seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. The seat will be vacated next year by a term-limited Ken Hagan (who will run again in District 2). The story referenced Pigott’s arrest record, where he is listed as having been charged with five separate felonies, including charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property and providing false information on secondary metals recycling. Pigott denied that he was…

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Tampa Police say ‘no credible threats’ against TSA over using controversial pesticide

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Tampa Sports Authority’s intention to use a controversial pesticide on Babe Zaharias Golf Course next week has caused some heated rhetoric from neighborhood opponents. But the Tampa Police Department says an investigation so far shows no ‘credible threats’ have been posed from those critics against officials associated with the TSA. On Thursday, Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick said that there had been threats made to him, as well as Tampa Sports Authority Eric Hart and County Commission and TSA board member…

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Angry neighbors force Hillsborough County to test air quality after spraying controversial pesticide

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Officials with the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission say they will test air quality at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Tampa next week, a day after the Tampa Sports Authority applies the controversial fumigant Curfew. Curfew is a restricted pesticide that the TSA intends to use to control nematodes (ground worms) at Babe Zaharias. The State of Florida approved the use of Curfew back in 1999, with the proviso that there be a 100-foot setback from any occupied structure, said Jerry…

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Elvis Pigott says he’s the fresh new face that the Hillsborough Commission desperately needs

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If elected to the Hillsborough County Commission next year, Elvis Pigott would become the first millennial — Americans under the age of 35, as recently defined — to serve on the board. The 29-year-old Riverview resident has filed to run for the countywide District 5, which becomes vacant next year after GOP incumbent Ken Hagan term-limits out. But Hagan hopes to stick around for another eight years, having filed to run for the North Tampa District 2 seat currently held by fellow Republican But…

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Sandy Murman confirms she will switch seats to run for a four-year term in countywide seat

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman confirmed to SPB on Monday that she will leave her District 1 seat in 2018 to run for another four-year term in District 7, the countywide seat that will be open with the previously announced retirement of Al Higginbotham. News of Murman’s switch was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times William March. In switching seats, Murman becomes the second current member of the BOCC to announce that they hope to extend their political career by…

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Hillsborough Citizen Advisory Committee proposes $3B budget savings, possibly spent on transportation

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A new report issued by the Hillsborough County Citizens Advisory Committee identified potential savings in 14 specific areas could save more than $3 billion over the next three decades, which could be spent on transportation, infrastructure and/or tax cuts. The 13-member committee has met twice a month since July analyzing the budget before handing off its list of recommendations to the BOCC last week. “We determined you don’t have to have a sales tax to raise this amount of money,” says Spencer Kass, a member…

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