A Homosassa man who ran an unsuccessful campaign for county commission in 2018 is planning to join the 2020 race for Citrus County property appraiser.

David Gregory, who worked in the property appraiser’s office for 14 years before his retirement in 2017, filed paperwork Thursday with the supervisor of elections office to prequalify for the ballot. The filing allows Gregory to collect and spend money for his campaign.

Gregory filed as a Republican.

He said Thursday he hopes filing early will give him plenty of time to gather the necessary petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. He didn’t do that in 2018, paying a $2,500 qualifying fee to run as a no-party affiliation candidate, finishing with 29% of the vote against Republican District 2 county commission incumbent Ron Kitchen Jr.

“I decided I would be a pretty good fit for that office,” Gregory said. “It’s always a good idea that the incumbents have some opposition, instead of getting in like a gimme.”

Gregory was a field appraiser and also performed inspections of property on the office desk computer. He said he spent many years interacting with the public in customer service.

“I went above and beyond the call of duty to service the people I’ve waited on,” he said. “I acquired a vast knowledge of the whole operation.”

Gregory said he learned plenty from the 2018 race — namely, to get out campaigning earlier.

“I can accomplish a lot more with more time,” he said.

This will be Gregory’s third run at office. In 2007, he ran as an NPA candidate in a special election for state House of Representatives, receiving just 2.7% of the vote.

Property Appraiser Les Cook said he will decide later this year whether to seek re-election.

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