Diana Finegan

Diana Finegan, Republican candidate for county commission District 2.

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.

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“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.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com. To view more of his stories, go to www.tinyurl.com/y3bakm6w.

(6) comments

lancel44

anything but kitchen. Seriously, another republican? What have republicans. In this county accomplished lately,In this county, or the country. They voted against everything that put this country back on it's feet. Replace a republican with the same, rinse and repeat. nothing changes.

CarlosD

I know Diana personally and she has the intelligence, tenacity, vision and dedication to duty to keep Citrus County moving in the right direction.

sitecer

I don't know Diane but welcome more new blood on the BOD ... particularly to oppose Mr Kitchen ...

lancel44

Just what we need another republican.

ANTHONYMOZO

There is nothing wrong with being a republican, democrat, libertarian or independent. Lets see what the candidate's policy positions are. I believe it is incumbent upon voters to perform research to determine if a candidate represents their views. Our country has to get beyond the rhetoric that both democrats and republicans throw out continuously, We have a number of major issues to resolve, just neither party seems to talk about them.

AllLivesMatter

Run yourself as whatever party you choose. Don't sit on the sidelines if you have a distaste for the party affiliation of a particular candidate...

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