BROOKSVILLE — Betty Erhard, who ran unsuccessfully for a Brooksville City Council seat in 2012, has filed to run in the November election, this time for Seat 4, which currently is occupied by Kevin Hohn. Hohn announced last month that he will not seek another term on the council.
Two years ago, Erhard, 49, as a political newcomer, ran against incumbent council member Frankie Burnett. She lost by 448 votes. A sales consultant who previously worked for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, she ran on a platform favoring the abolishment of some revenue-generating measures, such as the city's red-light cameras and a new fire assessment on residents and businesses.
Erhard is the fourth person to file to run for a council seat this year. So far, she has one challenger for the seat, Vivian "Vi" Coogler, who previously had filed to run for Seat 5. He switched to run for Hohn's seat on Friday.
Coogler's swap leaves Natalie Kahler as the only candidate who has filed to run for the seat currently held by Lara Bradburn, who is ineligible to run again due to term limits.
Former assistant city attorney Robert "Butch" Battista filed last year to run for Seat 1, currently held by Joe Bernardini, who also is ineligible run this year due to term limits.