BROOKSVILLE — For the first time in 55 years, someone new will be Hernando County's Republican state committeeman, and Tuesday's election results confirmed that state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill will be that person.
Tom Hogan Sr. had held the post since 1961, but recently announced he would be stepping down.
The win by Ingoglia will likely mean that Hernando County Republicans will also have a new leader of the local Republican Executive Committee.
Ingoglia, 45, had said that he wanted to run for the job of committeeman because he believes in term limits and he intended to step down from the executive committee chairmanship because he has been in that position for about seven years and it was time for someone new to take over.
In order to keep his job as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Ingoglia has to have a local party leadership role, and as committeeman he will have that.
Ingoglia, the two-year state representative for District 35, faces a re-election race for the House seat in November against Democrat Ramon Gutierrez.
A home builder, Ingoglia beat out Roy Martin for the committeeman job with about 55 percent of the vote.
Martin, 81, has been active in the leadership of the Wellington Republican Club for more than a dozen years and has served in a variety of county volunteer positions since he moved to Hernando County in 1999.
Hogan supported Martin over Ingoglia for the committeeman job, saying that Ingoglia has been wearing too many hats.