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Hal Brown, a cousin Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to the Marin County Board of Supervisors nearly 30 years ago, when he was governor before, announced today he will resign this month.

The supervisor, 66, was diagnosed with cancer in December, his office said. He was appointed to the board in 1983 to fill a vacancy left when Barbara Boxer was elected to Congress.

Hal Brown said in a prepared statement that he hopes his cousin will appoint a successor quickly.

"I care deeply about this office, and will make recommendations to the governor based on what I think will best serve my district and the County of Marin," the supervisor said. "But in the end, it is his decision, not mine."

Hal Brown's father, former California appellate court Justice Harold C. Brown, was the brother of Jerry Brown's father, the former governor.

"I had hoped to return to office and complete my term, but my medical condition makes that impossible," Hal Brown said in the statement. "As much as I will miss this job, I look forward to my retirement, and the opportunity to spend more time with my family and friends."


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