BROOKSVILLE — Timber Pines resident Glenn A. Claytor is the first Democrat in the crowded race for the District 1 Hernando County Commission seat.
Claytor, 75, said it was time for more professionalism from the commission, especially in these difficult economic times. He is the sixth opponent to prequalify to challenge incumbent Republican Jeff Stabins.
Claytor is critical of the current commission for eliminating impact fees, for its handling of the Hernando Beach Channel dredge and for its failure to resolve the toxic contamination at the old Department of Public Works site in Brooksville.
"I have more experience working with government. I have my legal background. I'm a professional manager and problem solver. I think I have a passion for public service, and I'll be less involved in special interests and lobbyists,'' he said.
A 13-year Hernando resident, Claytor ran unsuccessfully against Robert Schenck for the State House in 2006. He said he was interested in state office, but also in county issues.
"Everything is local, and I am a taxpayer here,'' he said.
A semiretired developer, planner and attorney, he is a former housing director for the national Urban League and for a regional planning council covering parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He recently served two years as chairman of the county's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Capital Improvements.
A native of Washington, D.C., Claytor has managed electrical and construction companies.
In addition to Stabins, four other Republican candidates have prequalified: Matthew Peters, Michael Burmann, Jackson "Jack" Carson and Regina Werder-McGuire. Independent James Swilley has also prequalified.
Barbara Behrendt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1434.