Candidates and their supporters are, for the most part, behaving themselves as they stick campaign signs in the ground this election season, county officials say.
Between July and mid September, Hernando code enforcement workers yanked 47 political signs out of the county right-of-way, according to Liana Teague, the former manager of code enforcement and animal services who provided figures to the Tampa Bay Times before moving to her new position as a code enforcement officer.
Information about four of those signs was called in by residents; the rest were picked up by officers making sweeps for signs or picking them up as they make their way to other calls, Teague said.
"If anybody has any specific locations, they can call those in to our office and we'll definitely look at them," Teague said.
Candidates defeated in the Aug. 14 primary had 14 days to pull up their signs. They, too, seem to be abiding by the ordinance, Teague said.
Signs pulled from the right-of-way are taken to the county landfill.
Builders group picks all-Republican ticket
The Hernando Builders Association made it simple for party-line voters last week when it announced its endorsements of candidates running for local, state and federal office on the Nov. 6 ballot.
In each race, the organization picked the Republican.
The builders endorsed Richard Nugent for the U.S. District 11 House of Representatives seat, Wilton Simpson for state Senate District 18, Jimmie T. Smith for state House District 34 and Robert Schenck for state House District 35.
Nugent is challenged by Democrat David Werder. Smith will face off against Independent Nancy Argenziano, and Schenck against Democrat Rose Rocco. Simpson automatically won election last week when no Democrat stepped forward to replace the candidate who dropped out after qualifying.
For Hernando County Commission, the builders endorsed Nick Nicholson in District 1, Jason Patrick Sager in District 3 and Jim Adkins in District 5.
Nicholson is challenged by Democrat Arlene Glantz and write-in Jose Luis Monegro; Sager by Democrat Diane Rowden, no-party candidate Greg Sheldon and write-in Tanya Marsh, and Adkins by Democrat Ramon Gutierrez.
For sheriff, the builders endorsed Al Nienhuis over his Democratic challenger, James E. "Eddie" McConnell, and for supervisor of elections they endorsed Shirley Anderson over Democrat Elizabeth Townsend.
The endorsements were based on interviews with the candidates and questions related to the building industry.
Here's what to expect on the Nov. 6 ballot
After making some final adjustments, the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office announced last week that the Nov. 6 ballot will be 14 inches long, two pages and double-sided — including 11 state constitutional amendments.
For those mailing in absentee ballots, the postage will cost 65 cents.
Those seeking an absentee ballot, or for additional information about voting absentee, visit hernandovotes.com or call (352) 754-4125.
People who have not registered to vote in November have until 5 p.m. Oct. 9 to do so.
Sample ballots will be mailed to voters prior to early voting, which begins Oct. 27.
To view the constitutional amendments on the ballot, also visit hernandovotes.com; voters can sign up for election email updates on the site as well.
Register to vote, enjoy a free fish fry
As part of its "Get Out the Vote" Campaign, the Hernando County Branch NAACP will host a free fish fry from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge 1270, 520 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville.
For the free meal, people should bring their voter information card or register to vote.
For information, call Henry at (352) 799-7494 or Suzanne at (352) 666-7576.
Dinner for state House candidate Rocco
A "Class Act Event" for Rose Rocco, the Democratic candidate for state House District 35, is 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Domino Club, 15120 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
The evening will include a buffet dinner, dancing and entertainment by Sage Entertainment, Carla Becker, Stan Prinston, Ed Galoway, Don Pinto and a "surprise" guest.
Tickets are $25 each. For tickets, call Rose at (352) 686-5183 or Pat at (352) 345-4427.
Staff writers Barbara Behrendt, Phyllis Day and Tony Marrero contributed to this report.