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Voter anger absent at Hernando polls

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August

SPRING HILL -- Word of the low voter turnout in Hernando County had Republican Executive Committee Chairwoman Ana Trinque "perturbed" Tuesday.

Voters have been saying they want change. The candidates and the Republican party have been working hard to get their message of change out to the voters, but even last-minute phone calls and e-mails were still not bringing the big numbers to the polls.

The major focus has been on the three county commission races. Each seat had three Republican candidates vying for a chance to take on a Democrat in November. "It's kind of scary to me. This reflects the apathy, that people feel there is nothing they can do to bring about change," Trinque said. "Everyone has worked so hard. People are upset with their TRIM (property tax) notices. They're reading about all this corruption in the DPW (Department of Public Works). But the only way they can make a change is by getting new blood in there."

Jay Rowden, who heads up the county's Democratic Executive Committee, said he didn't see the surge of negativity toward county government that Trinque described.

"A lot of that negativity attributed is perception. It's not real," Rowden said. "People are trying to promote that agenda and the people aren't buying it. I have a lot of faith in voters. They're a whole lot smarter than people give them credit for."

--Barbara Behrendt, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]

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