U.S. House | District 11

Then-Hernando Sheriff Rich Nugent drew criticism in 2010 when he agreed to a stealthy arrangement with his predecessor in Congress, Ginny Brown-Waite, to file at the last minute to run for what was then the District 5 seat. Two years later, Nugent caught a break when the once-a-decade redistricting process prevented a contest with New Port Richey Republican state Sen. Mike Fasano, and no other formidable Republican stepped up to challenge him. Now, only perennial candidate David Werder, running as a Democrat this year, stands between Nugent and a second two-year term. Tony Marrero, Times staff writer

Richard "Rich" Nugent, 61

U.S. House representative

H. David Werder, 57

Disabled former truck driver

RepublicanPartyDemocrat
Born in Evergreen Park, Ill., Nugent served in the Illinois Air National Guard from 1969 to 1975 and worked his way up to the rank of sergeant with the Romeoville Police Department before moving to Hernando County, where he worked his way up the ranks in the Sheriff's Office. He was elected sheriff in 2000 and won his House seat halfway through his third term. Experience Born in New Jersey, Werder has been running unsuccessfully for local, state and federal office for years. He worked as a truck driver before he was disabled in an accident in 1993. He made a name for himself in 1984 when he sat on a flagpole in Clearwater for a record-setting 439 days in protest of the high price of gasoline.
Bachelor's degree in criminology from Saint Leo College; master's in public administration from Troy State University; graduate, FBI Academy; graduate, National Sheriff's InstituteEducationGraduated from high school in New Jersey; attended Orange County Community College and the Virginia Military Institute
Nugent says a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget each year is essential, and so is a focused effort to lower the unemployment rate. He favors closing tax loopholes for wealthy Americans, and a simplified tax code. "I support Ryan's plan "not because it is perfect, but because it is credible and because it does not cross the line in the sand that I have drawn for him and congressional leadership: sustainable deficit reduction with no changes to Medicare or Social Security for anyone 55 and up."How would you reduce the federal deficit? Would you support Rep. Paul Ryan's plan that would cut spending and taxes but not raise any revenue?To these questions, Werder responded by saying he is "anti-tax" and that "you shouldn't spend what you don't have." He also emphasized the need for offshore and onshore drilling to ensure America's "energy independence."
Nugent supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, which he says has failed to address the "cost drivers" of health care. "Congress needs to be looking at reforms to lower costs wherever possible, whether it is addressing defensive and duplicative medicine, allowing small businesses to pool for coverage, purchasing insurance across state lines, or enabling consumers to have more choice and competition through better access to information."More than 4 million Floridians have no health insurance. What approach should Congress take to make sure they have health care?Werder suggests the federal government should own and run hospitals to provide "health care for all." "Get profit out of health care," he says.
Nugent says a Medicare reform plan proposed last year by fellow Republican Rep. (and now vice presidential candidate ) Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden deserves an honest debate. The proposal would give seniors the choice to pick between Medicare and private plans as part of a government-run exchange. The plan would not affect anyone older than 55. "I know we can save Medicare and Social Security if more members of Congress are willing to put their political ambitions aside to do what is right."What should be done to ensure the future of Social Security and Medicare?"Do not allow Social Security to be absconded."
No. "To the millions of families who are waiting patiently to immigrate the right way, many of them waiting a decade or more in dire circumstances of their own, that isn't the way the United States should be approaching the problem," Nugent says. "I think most of us agree that until the borders of the United States are secure and we are in a position to actually control who comes in and out of the country, most policy changes are going to be largely ineffectual."Do you support the Dream Act, which provides a path to citizenship for undocumented minors? What should Congress do about immigration?"Enforce the laws already on the books," Werder says.
Home, bank accounts, rental property, real estate, insurance policyAssetsClerk of the U.S. House did not have a financial disclosure form on file for Werder
MortgagesLiabilitiesNot available
Congressional salary, Florida pension IncomeNot available
Married, three grown childrenPersonalSingle
nugentforcongress.comWebsiteNone
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About the job: The 11th Congressional District includes all of Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties and most of Marion County. U.S. House members serve two-year terms and are paid $174,000 a year.

Florida's U.S. House District 11: David Werder (D), Richard Nugent (R)

Then-Hernando Sheriff Rich Nugent drew criticism in 2010 when he agreed to a stealthy arrangement with his predecessor in Congress, Ginny Brown-Waite, to file at the last minute to run for what was then the District 5 seat. Two years later, Nugent caught a break when the once-a-decade redistricting process prevented a contest with New Port Richey Republican state Sen. Mike Fasano, and no other formidable Republican stepped up to challenge him. Now, only perennial candidate David Werder, running as a Democrat this year, stands between Nugent and a second two-year term.

Florida's U.S. House District 11: David Werder (D), Richard Nugent (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:07am]

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