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Democratic candidate files to run for Hernando supervisor of elections

BROOKSVILLE — For the past eight years, Debra Ellen Myers has served as a poll worker for local elections, and she says what she has seen helped convince her that better technology would make for a better election process.

Myers, 42, has prefiled paperwork to run in the 2016 race for Hernando County supervisor of elections. She is the first Democrat to prefile for any of the local elected positions that will appear on next year's ballot.

A past president of the Hernando County Association of Realtors and currently working in real estate, she is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Florida in 2006 to escape the cold weather. She has served for the past six years as an elected member of the Spring Ridge Community Development District, five years as chairwoman.

Myers was among the precinct coordinators who wrote critiques of current Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson after the August 2014 primary, the first election Anderson oversaw. Among the issues she raised was short staffing, major telephone connection issues and having people perform tasks for which they had no training.

Running a tighter ship, she said, would cut down on the delays in the reporting of election results and would mean less hassle for poll workers.

Anderson, a Republican, has not yet prefiled paperwork to seek a second four-year term.

Myers said she had been thinking about running for the supervisor's job for some time and chose to file her paperwork after last week's vote on the half-cent sales tax for schools to keep the pressure off Anderson during the special election.

Married for 21 years, Myers has two children.