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Guadagnino swaps Republican for NPA



BROOKSVILLE -- For the second time in three elections, Spring Hill resident Gus Guadagnino is running for Supervisor of Elections in Hernando County. Shirley Anderson, one of his two opponents, thinks he should have listened to voters the first time.

"I can guarantee you the results won’t be any different for Gus this year," Anderson said.

She said voters sent a "clear message" when Guadagnino earned 43.46 percent of the vote in a losing effort to Democrat Annie Williams. Williams is running for reelection and was not immediately available for comment.

Unlike in 2000 when he ran as a Republican, Guadagnino said he is running with no party affiliation because he believes the elections supervisor should be politically unaffiliated in order to avoid all bias, real or perceived.

Anderson is running as a Republican, and Guadagnino said his decision to put his name on the ballot has angered some in the GOP.

"They looked at me as a turncoat," he said.

-- Michael Sanserino, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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