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Elections

  • For the Record 6/20/13

    Arrests

    * Scott Johnson, 45, of North Pompeo Avenue, Crystal River, at 3:53 p.m. June 10 on a felony charge of grand theft. According to his arrest affidavit, he is accused of taking money from an acquaintance’s home in Homosassa. Bond $2,000.

  • For the Record 12/06/12

     

  • Smith, Argenziano defend methods

    LECANTO — State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith discussed the need for jobs in Citrus County, while challenger Nancy Argenziano accused the incumbent of bowing to Republican Party interests. Some highlights during the Chronicle forum:

    * Political style is an issue in the race.

    Smith, a first-term legislator, said he works with Democrats on his bills and isn’t offended if he loses.

    He said he passed 10 bills his first two years and all of them had Democratic support.

  • Himmel, Balfour debate school success

    LECANTO — Superintendent of Schools Sandra “Sam” Himmel and Republican challenger Sandy Balfour spent much of their forum debating the meaning of success. Here are some highlights:

    * Balfour said the district may have a polished look, but trouble lies within.

    “There’s a lot going on behind the closed doors,” she said.

    Balfour said that, while Citrus has been an “A”-rated district for seven straight years, the state is 46th in the nation.

    “We need to aim higher,” she said.

  • Argenziano: 'I fight with the bad guys'

    WHAT: State Representative District 34.
    WHO: Independent Nancy Argenziano; Republican incumbent Jimmie T. Smith.
    TERM: Two years.
    COVERS: All of Citrus County and a small portion of Hernando County.
    SALARY: $29,052.
    ON THE BALLOT: Nov. 6 election.
    ON THE WEB: www.chronicleonline.com/votersguide

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Challengers to incumbents usually spend months getting their names out to voters.

  • Smith: 'I've done exactly what I said'

    WHAT: State Representative District 34.
    WHO: Independent Nancy Argenziano; Republican incumbent Jimmie T. Smith.
    TERM: Two years.
    COVERS: All of Citrus County and a small portion of Hernando County.
    SALARY: $29,052.
    ON THE BALLOT: Nov. 6 election.
    ON THE WEB: www.chronicleonline.com/votersguide

  • Adams trounces opponents

    In a crowded race for County Commission District 5, businessman Scott Adams led the pack of four Republicans.

    Adams drew 9,853 votes — 40.19 percent — to take the seat that will be left vacant by Commissioner Winn Webb, who will be the Republican candidate for sheriff.

    Having lost two previous races, Adams said winning felt good.

  • Damato edges third term

    In a close race, voters returned Commissioner Dennis Damato to District 1.

    Damato carried 37.53 percent – with 9,299 votes — against Ron Kitchen’s 35.82 percent accounting for 8,875 votes.

    Renee Christopher-McPheeters trailed with 6,602 votes, amounting to 26.65 percent of the ballots cast.

    Damato admitted the initial tally of early voting results was worrying.

  • Meek returned to District 3

    County Commissioner Joe Meek received a resounding vote of confidence Tuesday from Citrus Country voters.

    Meek garnered 16,074 votes or 64.94 percent of the total of ballots cast, well ahead of his only challenger, fellow Republican Shannon Heathcock, who polled 8,677 votes or 35.06 percent.

  • Webb wins, will face Dawsy in November

    In the end, the three-man Republican primary battle to take on incumbent Sheriff Jeff Dawsy this fall became a two-man sprint and Winn Webb emerged the victor.

    “I can’t take credit for this. I have to thank the Lord. The Lord has really blessed me,” Webb said soon after the vote tally Tuesday night.

    Webb had 43.42 percent of the vote to edge his closest challenger, Steve Burch. Burch got 37.32 percent. Hank Hemrick came in third with 19.24 percent of the vote. The total vote cast was 14,624.