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Hagan appoints antagonist to powerful board



Social conservative David Caton has been a pain in the caboose for Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan lately.

Caton, best known for his stands against public nudity and gay rights, has cast himself in recent months as a vocal opponent of the plan to ask voters if they would support a new transit tax to pay for roads, buses and a new rail system. He has pledged that supporters of the initiative will feel the heat this election season.

Hagan, a Republican who led the group that is recommending the referendum, is campaigning to move to an at-large commission seat this year.

On Thursday, commissioners approved who will serve on their Charter Review Board, which convenes every five years to consider changes to the county's charter, a kind of constitution of sorts for local government. Hagan was the last person to name his second appointment -- none other than Caton.

-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:23pm]


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