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Brooksville code enforcement officer joins Hernando supervisor of elections race

BROOKSVILLE — A longtime county code enforcement supervisor who now works for the city of Brooksville wants to become Hernando's next supervisor of elections.

Mark K. Caskie, a 52-year-old Spring Hill Republican, is the fourth candidate to file for the post that Democrat Annie Williams has held for three four-year terms. Willams told the Times earlier this month that she will retire in 2012.

Caskie worked for about six years as Hernando County's code enforcement supervisor, then in 2008 took the interim code enforcement director's post. That position was eliminated the following year. He has been Brooksville's full-time code enforcement officer since September 2009.

As county director, Caskie managed 27 people and a budget of more than $2 million. He said that experience — along with an outsider's fresh perspective — would help him in the elections office as he looks for places to streamline and ways to boost voter turnout.

"Every place I've moved to, I've looked to build efficiencies into the operations," he said.

Born in Maine and raised in Plaistow, N.H., Caskie spent 21 years in the Air Force, specializing in aircraft armament system repair and, later, developing reconnaissance film. He said he eventually directed a department of more than 80 people before retiring as a senior master sergeant in 1998. He moved that year from North Dakota to Hernando County.

The married father of three grown children has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a focus in administrative management studies from Excelsior College.

Caskie joins a Republican field comprising a former elections office staffer, Kyro Morales, 35, of Brooksville, and longtime congressional aide Shirley Anderson, 53, of Spring Hill.

The lone Democrat in the race so far is Elizabeth Townsend, the elections office's director of operations. Townsend, 38, lives in Wesley Chapel but plans to move back to Hernando early next year.

Tony Marrero can be reached at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1431.

Brooksville code enforcement officer joins Hernando supervisor of elections race 12/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:41pm]
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