Hillsborough County Commission kicks the can on banning candidates from appointed county seats

06/19/13 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 Kemple’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 county’s human relations board. During today’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 board’s meeting on July 17.

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