Roger Weaver, who gave his first campaign speech at age 12 for his father and namesake, soon will be touting his own candidacy for county property appraiser.
Weaver, 49, a real estate broker who lives in Red Level, opened a campaign account Friday to begin collecting and spending money on a bid for the office. He is a Democrat trying to unseat Republican Ron Schultz, who was appointed to the job in late 1990.
Weaver's father was Citrus school superintendent for 28 years. He retired in 1984 and died two years later. For Lecanto students, his memory lives in the name of their school complex.
"Mom and Dad have always had a strong interest in civic affairs," Weaver said. "We were taught to be responsible for our government and take part in it."
Weaver's sister Sharon was elected to the Crystal River City Council last year.
This will be Roger Weaver's first try at elective office. "I believe I can offer competent management with integrity and fairness to all the citizens," he said.
Weaver is the first entrant in what is expected to be a crowded field of candidates. In addition to Schultz, County Commissioner Nick Bryant is expected to make a bid. Others who have expressed an interest include former County Commissioner John Barnes and Margaret Alexander, who was a senior appraiser for a time under former Property Appraiser Charles Allen.
"I'd like to do some public service work," Weaver said. "This is in line with what I'm familiar with, real estate."
Though the duties of property appraiser are limited to assessing the value of taxable land, building and equipment, Weaver said he thinks all elected officials should try to improve the local economy.
"All elected officials should work to help the small businesses and the employers and to encourage the cleaner industries to come here," he said.
The race: Citrus property appraiser
Announced candidates: Roger Weaver
Incumbent: Ron Schultz
Term: Four years
Primary election: Sept. 1
Second primary: Oct. 1
General election: Nov. 3