Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Politics

Hernando County sheriff: James 'Eddie' McConnell (D), Alvin 'Al' Nienhuis (R)

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Some Hernando County residents were displeased in December 2010 when then-Gov. Charlie Crist picked Pasco County Undersheriff Al Nienhuis to finish the term of Hernando Sheriff Rich Nugent, who was elected to Congress. Eighteen months later, Nienhuis scored a decisive victory in the Republican primary, fending off attacks from retired Pasco Sheriff's Office Capt. Bobby Sullivan, a Brooksville native. Now Nienhuis faces Democrat Eddie McConnell, another longtime law enforcement officer with deep roots in Hernando County who has twice run unsuccessfully for sheriff. Nicholas Piccinich is running as a write-in candidate.

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