Hillsborough County Commission kicks the can on banning candidates from appointed county seats listen06/19/13 Janelle Irwin
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Hillsborough County Commissioners did not approve a policy change that would have banned people running for office from serving on appointed committees Wednesday. Instead, Commissioner Mark Sharpe asked that county staff re-work language to include specific criteria for when a person should be disqualified from sitting on a panel.
The issue came up, in part, as a result of Hillsborough County School Board candidate Terry Kempleâ€™s attempt to earn a seat on the diversity committee. If the policy had been approved today, Kemple would have also been removed from the countyâ€™s human relations board. During todayâ€™s meeting, Kemple asked that commissioners re-consider the ban because it would be discriminatory.
Kemple has been a vocal opponent of policies supportive of LGBT issues. He has also spoken out against Muslim speakers in public schools. Four other residents spoke against the policy during public comment. A vote is scheduled for the boardâ€™s meeting on July 17.