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Hernando political notebook: Rocco's condition improving after dog bite, candidates making final election push

State House candidate Rose Rocco is recovering after she was badly bitten on her arm by a dog while she was out doing campaign-related activities in early October.

The attack left her with 18 stitches and some nasty-looking gashes in her arms.

"It's improving," she said. "It's still very uncomfortable."

She said Friday she still has to take antibiotics and go to the hospital to get the dressing changed every week.

But there has been some good that came out of it.

"We've been getting so many nice calls and wishes," she said.

Commission mailers get more negative

The local campaign mailers have taken a definite negative turn.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the District 3 Hernando County Commission race.

The Hernando County Republican Executive Committee has sent out mailers calling Democrat Diane Rowden "a one-person economic wrecking machine!"

Under a sinister-looking photo of then-Commissioner Rowden, the ads label her "big government Diane Rowden" and tie her to "spending that would make the liberals in Congress blush!"

Rowden has taken some shots of her own at Republican opponent Jason Sager.

One of her mailers includes pictures of a rally where Sager is dressed up as Che Guevara, along with the caption: "Jason Patrick Sager is an embarrassment."

The mailers in the District 35 House race have also gone negative.

The Republican Party of Florida has published mailers calling Rose Rocco a "flip flopper" and saying that she's "sworn to her salary."

Rocco, who has far less money than incumbent Robert Schenck, said she thinks the mailers are misleading.

But she thinks they might be a good sign.

"If I wasn't a threat, they wouldn't be doing this," she said.

No-party candidate sets up booth at farm

Gregory Lewis Sheldon, the no-party candidate for Hernando County Commission District 3, will have a booth set up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, east of Masaryktown.

A 5-acre corn maze and other activities are currently being offered weekends at Sweetfields Farm. Visitors younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the farm, cash only, is $8.50; $4.50 for ages 3 to 11; and free for ages 2 and younger.

For information on Sheldon's campaign, call (352) 398-2349. For information about Sweetfields Farm or directions, call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Latinos for Obama offers dance, prizes

Latinos for Obama Dance Bash 2012 will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lunar Lounge, 4670 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Admission is free, and there will be free giveaways and prizes.

The event is organized by Martin Santos of Latinos for Obama — Hernando. For information, call Santos at (352) 293-5244 or Lunar Lounge at (352) 835-7133.

Candidate forum to be replayed on Ch. 622

Undecided voters who want to see candidates in action can tune in to the county government's television channel or visit the Web page. Channel 622 will rebroadcast the candidate forum hosted Oct. 22 at Brooksville City Hall by United Communities of Hernando County.

Here's the schedule: today at 9 am; Monday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday at 1 p.m.; Friday at 1 p.m.; and Saturday at 6 p.m.

The program is also available for viewing on the Hernando County government website at Scroll down to the Community Events listing.

Hernando political notebook: Rocco's condition improving after dog bite, candidates making final election push 10/27/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 11:06am]
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