Tuesday's Republican Primary Election returns showed Wayne Dukes as the victor in a tight, three-way race for the Hernando County Commission District 2 seat.
Incumbent Dukes had 35.4 percent of the vote, and Beth Narverud, who is completing a term on the Hernando County School Board, had 33.8 percent of the vote. Retired attorney Charles Greenwell came in third with nearly 31 percent.
Dukes, 73, was seeking his third term on the commission. A Brooksville native, he is retired from work for the military in civil engineering and fire service. He has been active in the Hernando County Port Authority and the Hernando Beach Homeowners Association.
Dukes said his experience, education and professional background made him the best pick for the job, He pointed to his policy decisions to speed up lime rock road paving and to develop coastal improvements, including new oyster beds and reef expansions.
Dukes will face Democrat Deborah Salvesen in the November general election.
Dukes could not be reached for comment Tuesday.County commissioners set policy and approve budgets for the county. They must live in the districts where their seats are based, but are elected countywide. They serve four-year terms and make $69,232.This is a developing story. Check back on tampabay.com for updates.
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