Shirley Anderson takes Republican race for Hernando elections supervisor

BROOKSVILLE — The three-way race for the Republican nomination for Hernando County supervisor of elections wasn't close.

Shirley Anderson, making her second bid for the office, cruised to victory over challengers Mark Caskie and Jason Yungmann in Tuesday's primary.

Anderson will face Democrat and current elections office director of operations Elizabeth Townsend in November.

Anderson's win was hardly a surprise. Four years ago, the Spring Hill Republican, who serves as district director for U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, garnered considerable money and support in her effort to defeat incumbent elections supervisor Annie Williams. But the effort was blunted by Brooksville businessman Gus Guadagnino, who ran as an independent.

By far the best known of the three GOP hopefuls, Anderson once again demonstrated an ability to pull in financial support from throughout the community. But in the end, Anderson credited her staff and a little "sweat equity" for the win.

"I worked hard for it," Anderson said from her home Tuesday night.

All three candidates ran on similar platforms, with each pledging to run the office run more smoothly and efficiently, and an eye toward saving the taxpayers money where possible.

Anderson said she is looking forward to November's contest against Townsend to replace Williams, who is retiring this year. "I'm going to get this thing done this time," she said.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@tampabay.com.

Shirley Anderson takes Republican race for Hernando elections supervisor 08/14/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:50pm]

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