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Political notebook for Hernando

• The official opening of Jim Piccillo's Hernando County Headquarters will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the headquarters, 630 W Jefferson St., Suite B, Brooksville. Pizza and soda will be provided. Piccillo, a Democrat, is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 5. Website:

• A fundraiser dinner for the Jay A. Thompson for Florida District 44 campaign will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Tickets are $20, which includes the meal (does not include gratuity). Thompson is a Democratic candidate for State House, District 44. For information, e-mail or visit the website at

• Political signs and literature, plus McCollum for Governor, Veterans for McCollum, Women for McCollum and Sportsmen for McCollum bumper stickers are available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 24 at two locations: Hartland Centre, 2939 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill; and Century 21 Alliance Realty, 507 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. There is no cost for these items. Bill McCollum is a Republican candidate for governor. For information or to volunteer for the McCollum for governor campaign, call Laurie Pizzo at (352) 428-8011.

• The Ridge Manor Property Owners' Association will host a Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. All local candidates in the Hernando County primary election have been invited; 15-20 candidates are expected. Each candidate will be allotted five minutes to speak. When all have participated, there will be an informal question-and-answer period so residents can ask candidates their questions. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Ned or Faye Henderson, (352) 608-4078.

• The First Hernando Republican Club will host a forum for GOP attorney general candidates at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Deerfield Estates Clubhouse, 15471 Atwater Drive, south of Brooksville. Those tentatively scheduled include Pam Bondi, Holly Benson and Jeff Kottkamp. Jack Wood, (352) 666-5865. Web:

Candidates are welcome to submit information on fundraisers, meet-and-greets and other campaign events to Phyllis Day at, fax (352) 754-6133 or mail to Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Notices must be submitted at least 10 days before event or ticket deadline. For information, call (352) 754-6101.

Political notebook for Hernando 08/03/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:43pm]
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