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Know Your Candidates 2012: Primary Election

Hernando county primary elections

The primary election for federal, state and local offices will be held on Aug. 14.

Depending on the race, registered Democrats or Republicans can vote for their party's candidates for U.S.Senate, the state House, sheriff, supervisor of elections and County Commission.

The races for public defender and property appraiser are universal primaries, with all registered voters eligible to vote since only two Republican candidates qualified to run.

All voters may also cast ballots for the nonpartisan School Board races.

 

Election details

Editor's Note: Congressional and legislative districts have shifted significantly this election cycle due to the state's once-a-decade redistricting. To find the districts you are eligible to vote in, visit the supervisor of elections' website.

Explore the new districts and see how they have changed at tampabay.com/redistricting

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State primaries

Florida State House District 34

Public Defender, Florida's Fifth Judicial Circuit

Republican candidates

There are no Democrats in the race, so all registered voters, regardless of party, are eligible to vote in the universal primary election on Aug. 14.

County-level primaries

Hernando County Sheriff

Candidate debate

The candidates met on July 23 for a debate at the Tampa Bay Times. Watch a video of the debate below:

Hernando County Property Appraiser

Republican candidates

There are no Democrats in the race, so all registered voters, regardless of party, are eligible to vote in the universal primary election on Aug. 14.

Hernando County Supervisor of Elections

Hernando County Comission District 1

Hernando County Comission District 3

Republican candidates

Hernando County Comission District 5

Republican candidates

Non-partisan local races

School board, county judge and mayoral races are non-partisan contests. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of vote on Aug. 14, the two top vote getters will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Hernando County School Board District 2