Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Politics

Burnett easily wins in Brooksville City Council race

BROOKSVILLE — In the race for Seat 2 on the Brooksville City Council, voters Tuesday decided to stick with experience and a name that is familiar to them.

Incumbent Frankie Burnett, who was appointed two years ago to fill the seat David Pugh vacated by resigning, easily bested political newcomer Betty Erhard.

The victory was Burnett's second as a candidate. He handily won a seat on the council in 2004 but was narrowly defeated by Mayor Joe Johnston four years later.

"I'm happy to be able to continue to serve the good citizens of this wonderful city," Burnett said Tuesday night. "We have a lot of challenges ahead. We need to keep taxes at a low base and try to lure businesses and good jobs back to Brooksville. It's going to take work."

Philosophically, neither Burnett nor Erhard differed much in their platforms. Both opposed red-light cameras as a way for the city to raise revenue.

However, they failed to see eye to eye on the city's fire assessment. Burnett said he supported the measure because it helped to spread the burden of paying for an essential city service.

Burnett said he wants the city to continue encouraging more dialogue with other governmental bodies in the county.

"We need to know that we can all work together to solve the problems that we are all facing," Burnett said. "That's very important to me."

Brooksville voters offered a split decision on two charter questions that were placed before them on the ballot.

Voters overwhelmingly said no to allowing City Council members to run for more than two consecutive four-year terms.

By a similar margin, however, they approved a measure that will ensure that elected officials remain Brooksville residents while they are in office.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or [email protected]

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