Former congressional hopeful to run for Hernando County Commission

BROOKSVILLE — Jason Patrick Sager, who last year made an unsuccessful run for Congress, has become the first announced candidate in the 2012 race for the District 3 Hernando County Commission seat.

Sager, 37, filed prequalifying paperwork with the Supervisor of Elections Office on Monday.

Sager, a Republican, has been thinking about making the run for several months and has talked to family and friends, according to a news release. He said he has received nothing but encouragement to challenge incumbent John Druzbick, who has not yet filed paperwork for re-election.

Calling Druzbick "the leading advocate (on the commission) for raising the property taxes,'' Sager criticizes the county's efforts to rein in spending, create jobs and hold staffers accountable.

Sager is purchasing director for StairPartsUSA.com in Spring Hill.

While Sager has filed for the District 3 seat, which district he resides in depends on the outcome of ongoing redistricting discussions.

County Commission seats in District 1 and District 5 will also appear on the 2012 ballot. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Jeff Stabins and challengers Matthew Peters and Michael Burmann, all Republicans, and independent Joseph Swilley Sr. have all prefiled paperwork for the seat.

No candidates have yet filed paperwork for the District 5 seat, now held by commission Chairman Jim Adkins.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Former congressional hopeful to run for Hernando County Commission 11/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 8:24pm]

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