• Corkery: Results not in line with taxes paid

    Thomas Corkery says his property tax dollars have been wasted, and he wants to know why.

    Corkery, a Hernando resident who retired from General Motors after 33 years of employment, said he paid $957.38 in school taxes and doesn’t understand why, by his estimate, 25 percent of the class of 2014 class didn’t graduate.

  • Kennedy: I can relate to students, parents

    Citrus County School Board Chairman Thomas Kennedy wants to use his voice and personal learning disability to inspire Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students in Citrus County.

  • Morrison: Classroom experience prepared me

    H. Dean Morrison touts his broad range of experience in the education field as the reason he should be elected the District 1 representative on the Citrus County School Board.

    Morrison and another candidate are running to unseat the incumbent, Thomas Kennedy.

  • Samargya points to diverse legal experience

    In 2004, Milan “Bo” Samargya had worked 10 years as a private practice attorney and assistant state attorney when he made his first bid for a judgeship. That time he ran against Citrus County Court Judge Mark Yerman and lost.

    Ten years later, Samargya is taking a stab at it again — this time to unseat another incumbent and to defeat two other candidates for family court judge in the 5th Circuit Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion, Sumter, Lake, Hernando and Citrus counties.

  • Incumbent Kautz says job comes before politics

    Judge Sandy Kautz said she made a vow six years ago when she was elected as family law judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit: She would rather work the docket or cases before her rather than pound the pavement asking for votes.

    She said after reluctantly agreeing to toss her hat in the ring again at the urging of supporters, she is too busy with her caseload to campaign and spend large sums of money on advertising.

    “I am booked for trials through November,” Kautz said.

  • Hatcher says career has prepared her for bench

    Mary Hatcher touts her “broad range of experience” in the legal field as the reason she should be elected as the family court judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

    Hatcher and two others are running to unseat the incumbent, Judge Sandy Kautz, for the judgeship. All will be on the Aug. 26 ballot.

    Hatcher, 53, whose private practice is located in Bushnell, said the range of her experience in her 27-year legal career even includes working on a tuberculosis case.

  • With ballot set, campaigns in full swing

    The ballot for the Aug. 26 primary and Nov. 4 general election is now shored up. Here are Citrus County’s local races:

    * County Commission District 2: Republicans Renee Christopher-McPheeters, John “JJ” Kenney (incumbent), Ron Kitchen Jr. and Phillip Mulrain; no-party-affiliation Michael “Joey” White. Winner of Republic primary faces White in the November election. Only registered Republicans may vote in the primary

  • Campaign Trail 6/29/14

    The Campaign Trail is a weekly announcement of fundraisers, meetings, candidate appearances and the like for this year’s political campaign. Send information to mwright@chronicleonline.com.

    * Renee Christopher-McPheeters, Republican for county commission District 2, will meet the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Inverness Fairground Market, in the Jacobs Building, Information: 352-257-5381.

  • 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.