The next county commissioner from District 2 will be a woman who moved to Hernando three years ago, is married to a retired law officer and opposes hazardous-waste burning and wasteful government spending. The only thing that will be decided Tuesday is whether that commissioner's name is Virginia Brown-Waite or Hannah "Nancy" Robinson. The description fits both candidates.
Both are running for public office for the first time. But Brown-Waite, who demolished incumbent Commissioner Richard Killingsworth in the Republican primary, is more experienced in government.
She worked 15 years as a staff member for the New York state Senate. She also has served on the county's Planning and Zoning Commission.
Robinson, on the other hand, is a nurse who showed so little political interest in the past that her husband said he was surprised she decided to run for office. She defeated George Treanor in the Democratic primary.
She has said her nursing management experience has given her the budget lessons necessary to be a county commissioner. But the political action committee at HCA Oak Hill Hospital, where she worked for a year as a nursing supervisor and emergency room nurse, recommended Treanor and Brown-Waite instead of her.
The two candidates do not vary greatly in their stands on major issues. Both have run against a Brooksville establishment that they say unfairly dominates county government. Both support a change to single-member districts.
Both oppose the burning of hazardous waste in Hernando County. Brown-Waite, as a member of the county planning board, proposed a zoning ordinance to restrict the practice.
She said the proposal was the catalyst for the County Commission's approval of a temporary ban on the practice.
_ KEN ZAPINSKI
The five-member County Commission sets tax rates, compiles the annual budget and manages growth in Hernando. The board determines everything from zoning, roads and utilities to the county's airport and library system. Members are elected to four-year terms. The job pays $26,753 a year. Commissioners are required to live within geographic districts but are elected countywide. District 2 includes the area immediately north and south of State Road 50 from Wiscon Road to U.S. 19.
HANNAH M. "NANCY" ROBINSON, 45, is making her first run for public office. She moved to Spring Hill in 1987 from her native Philadelphia. Robinson is a registered nurse with a degree from St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia. She has attended seminars on personnel, budgets and medical topics. She is married and has three children. ASSETS: Home, savings, vehicles. LIABILITIES: Car loan, mortgage. INCOME: Nursing job.
VIRGINIA "GINNY" BROWN-WAITE, 47, is a member of the Hernando Planning and Zoning Commission and a contracts administrator for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, known as Swiftmud. Before moving to Spring Hill in 1987, she was a staff director for the New York state Senate, for which she worked 16 years. She and her husband owned a doughnut franchise in New York. She has a bachelor's degree in public service from the State University of New York at Albany and a master's degree in public administration from Russell Sage College. She is married and has three daughters. ASSETS: Home, savings, real estate. LIABILITIES: Three mortgages. INCOME: Swiftmud salary.