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Brooksville City Council | Seat 2

Two longtime Brooksville residents are vying to fill the seat vacated in 2010 by former council member David Pugh. Frankie Burnett was elected to the council in 2004 and served one term, then was appointed by the council to serve out Pugh's term. Betty Erhard is a 23-year resident of the city and is a political newcomer. Council races are nonpartisan. Logan Neill, Times staff writer

Frankie Burnett, 57

Contract manager

Betty Erhard, 48

Sales consultant

Nonpartisan
Burnett was elected to the council in 2004 and served one term. He was appointed in 2010 to serve out the remainder of departing member David Pugh's term. A contract manager for Mid-Florida Community Services, Burnett is a past president of the Hernando County Branch of the NAACP. He is chief operating officer of the South Brooksville Community Economic Development Commission.Experience Erhard is a 23-year Brooksville resident and a political newcomer. A 1983 graduate of Hernando High School, she has worked for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Hernando County government and is currently employed as a sales consultant for Heron Publishing. She serves on the city's charter review board.
Business management degree from the University of Phoenix, plus additional course work at the University of FloridaEducationHigh school graduate
Burnett says he is proud to have been part of an effort that has seen the city continue to offer a high level of service in the face of tough economic times and wants to continue to strive for more improvements that will benefit residents and business owners. Why do you want to be a member of the City Council?Erhard says her relative inexperience in politics would be a plus for the council. If elected, she promises to bring fresh ideas and a desire to become a voice for residents who may feel their voices have been left out of the political process.
Although Burnett says it's doubtful he would ever support red-light cameras, he believes the recently enacted fire assessment was needed to help spread the burden of paying for an essential city service. Are you in favor of the city's revenue enhancement through fire fees and red-light cameras?Erhard says she opposes red-light cameras because she doesn't think that law enforcement should be used to generate revenue for the city. She also opposes the new city fire assessment on the grounds that it creates a financial burden on taxpayers who can least afford it.
Burnett believes the city needs to step up its efforts to improve its aging infrastructure, including road and sidewalk repairs. What would you do to attract more businesses to Brooksville?Erhard says she is a strong proponent of making Brooksville more attractive to visitors and supports efforts to attract more art and cultural events downtown.
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fburnett@cityofbrooksville.usEmailbetty@heronfla.com

About the job: City Council members set policy and approve budgets for the city. Though they run for specific seats, council members are elected at large by all city voters. Council members serve four-year terms and are paid $5,400 a year. The vice mayor receives $6,000, the mayor $7,200.

Brooksville City Council Seat 2: Frankie Burnett, Betty Erhard, nonpartisan

Two longtime Brooksville residents are vying to fill the seat vacated in 2010 by former council member David Pugh. Frankie Burnett was elected to the council in 2004 and served one term, then was appointed by the council to serve out Pugh's term. Betty Erhard is a 23-year resident of the city and is a political newcomer. Council races are nonpartisan.

Brooksville City Council Seat 2: Frankie Burnett, Betty Erhard, nonpartisan 10/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:54am]
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