A lifelong Citrus County resident and former longtime director of an organization that protects victims of domestic violence is the first candidate for county commission in the 2022 election.
Diana Finegan, of Homosassa, filed paperwork Friday with the supervisor of elections office to set up a campaign account.
Finegan, a Republican, is seeking election to county commission District 2, currently held by Ron Kitchen Jr., who has said he will not run again.
“This county afforded me the opportunity to grow with hard work and determination,” she said. “It’s time for me to give back.”
Finegan, 47, was born in Floral City and attended Citrus County schools.
“I was raised in a single-wide trailer by parents who taught me good values,” she said. “I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck.”
At age 27, she became executive director of CASA — Citrus Abuse Shelter Association — and stayed there for 18 years. In 2017, Finegan joined with her husband Steve in their Inverness businesses Air Fx Inc. and Electrix Inc.
But it was the Homosassa River issues between boaters and property owners that got Finegan’s attention.
“The river spearheaded the idea,” she said. “Some people want our county to grow, some people don’t. I would rather be proactive than reactive.”