The Citrus County Mosquito Control District's mission is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of Citrus County residents and visitors through a program of integrated mosquito management practices to control populations of mosquitoes that may become a nuisance or a threat to public health, according to its mission statement.

It was established in 1953.

Here are the candidates that are running for the Citrus County Mosquito board.

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Stephanie Adams

Adams was born outside Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to New Jersey to work for a utility company. She worked her way up in the company into the field of nuclear chemistry and radiation protection.

She moved to Citrus County in 2003 to work for Duke Energy as a nuclear chemistry technician and later health physics technician.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology/Computer Science. 

“I became interested in Mosquito Control when we adopted a rescue dog that had heartworm disease and knowing that it was a mosquito born disease, I started researching more about mosquitoes and discovered their effect on public health,” Adams told the Chronicle.

“I realized the importance of having Mosquito Control and continued to learn about it. I frequent the Florida Mosquito Control Association website and Facebook page and read other related information. So, I decided to run for Mosquito Control,” she said.

“My science degree, employer training in chemistry, radiation, environmental, and hazardous materials, past certifications (including OSHA), my research abilities, and my concern for health and safety of the public are some of my qualities that I feel will be an asset to this position,” she said. “I am committed to balancing the interactions of nature and public safety.”

Timothy Langer

Retired Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy after 22 years of service. He was also an Orlando police officer for four years.

He also served in the US Army as a captain; graduated from the University of Alabama after attending Citrus High School.

“My interest in the Mosquito Control Board goes back 50 years when I use to chase the fogging truck on my bike,” he told the Chronicle. “Back then it was a game, but as I grew older I realized how important the service was and is to this community.

“Mosquitos are the world’s most deadly animal, killing over a million people a year,” he said. “My job will be to ensure that the people working hard to control this problem have the tools to accomplish the mission. With public education and the hardware to kill the mosquitos we can keep our backyards safe and disease free.”

Theressa Foster West

Former administrator at Sunflower Springs Assisted Living Facility. Currently a senior living consultant with a focus on problem solving and strategic planning 

Volunteer United Way board of directors member for five years, Bayfront Health Seven Rivers hospital government board for five years. She also volunteered with the Department of Health in Citrus County, Crystal River Rotary, and Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. 

“Health and safety has been a focus of my career, but serving the community has also been a priority,” she told the Chronicle. “In today’s current environment, health and safety takes on a heightened importance.”

“While on a volunteer Rotary trip to Honduras to improve water sanitation, I experienced firsthand the lack of public health policy that we take for granted each day,” she said. “The risk from disease was real. I can make a difference locally to ensure we are making responsible decisions to protect our citizens from mosquito-borne diseases.” 

“What sets me apart is my proven leadership in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, exercising my strong administrative, financial and strategic planning skills to move organizations forward with a clear vision,” West said. “As a proud Rotarian, I also strive to embody a ‘service above self’ attitude. My entire career has been dedicated to health and safety. I understand the role of prevention, education and treatment. Caring for others is my calling.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.