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Published Jul. 6, 2006

It's a refrain Pasco's Elections Supervisor Kurt Browning heard four years ago: the call for change.

As a four-term incumbent who has served as supervisor of elections since 1980, Browning said the anti-incumbent call no longer surprises him. In 1992, his opponent used it. This year, John Forsythe, a Republican opponent, is hinting at it again.

To the Democrat Browning, it doesn't make sense.

"I don't think that just because you've been doing something for 16 years makes you any less effective than someone starting out their first day," Browningsaid. "The opposite is true."

Browning, 37, filed papers this week announcing his re-election run for the supervisor of elections seat he has held since he was 22 years old. Browning is campaigning on his experience running an office that is the only place he has ever worked. For five years before winning election in 1980, Browning served as deputy supervisor of elections.

"I think we're certainly looked to by the state and other counties as a leader in elections administration," Browning said.

Browning, a graduate of Pasco Comprehensive High School with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Florida, lives in Dade City with his wife and two children.