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RNRF to Host The Great Hernando Debate, BOCC and School Board

HERNANDO – Have you ever wondered why you seem to know more about Presidential Candidates during an election year than the candidates who run your own local governments? In the year leading up to any presidential elections, candidates run million-dollar televised ads, speak at multiple events around the country, and endure both primary and general election debates. But what about your State level candidates or as importantly, your County Commissioners and School Officials.

The 2018 mid-term election is right around the corner and wouldn’t you like to know who is bidding to manage your tax dollars, plan economic development, and oversee your children’s schools?

In past local elections, typical campaign methods included street corner sign waving, door knocking, and flashy campaign postcards, filled with pledges and promises of doing a better job than the other candidate. But wouldn’t you like to hear them answer questions just like our Presidential candidates do every four years? Well, RNRF is going to make that happen this fall and you are invited to join us for this rare, prestigious, and non-partisan event.

On Thursday, August 2nd, RNRF plans to host The Great Hernando Debate at Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill. All candidates for the Hernando Board of County Commissioners and Hernando County School Board will be invited to attend the event.

The evening is scheduled to begin with Hernando County School Board Candidates for District 1 Current Chairman, Mark Johnson facing off with Catherine A (Kay) Hatch. The Second debate will take place between Jimmy Lodato and Julius Blazys for the District 3 Seat.

The main event of the evening will be separate debates between Incumbent Wayne Dukes, Charles Greenwell, and Beth Narverud for the District 2 County Commission Seat. Incumbent Jeff Holcomb will face off against former Brooksville City Councilwoman, Natalie Kahler for the District 4 County Commission Seat.

At this time there are only two Democrat candidates bidding against 5 Republicans for both open County Commission Seats. If no other Democrats enter the race, Deborah Salvesen and Nancy Maker will be given an opportunity to speak and answer a few questions independently. There is still time for candidates to withdraw and enter the race, so we will keep you updated on any changes to the schedule.

Chairman of the Hernando Board of County Commissioners, Steve Champion will be our Keynote Speaker for the evening.

I [Tom Lemons] will moderate the debate and we may introduce and guest moderator at a later date.

Ticket information will be forthcoming and should be available sometime in June. Seating will be extremely limited.

The Event will also stream live on Facebook for those who are unable to attend the event in person.

Silverthorn Country Club is located at 4550 Golf Club Lane in Spring Hill.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and should conclude by 9:00 p.m.

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  • Look at the FINE PRINT UNDERNEATH PICTURES of candidates

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:18 am
  • Based on the information in this article, this does not appear to be a fair, neutral and unbiased debate. There have been debates for local offices hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in the past and they were very well done to all candidates concerned with fair and neutral moderators. Mr. Lemons, could you please elaborate on your experience hosting successful political debates?

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 12:33 am
    • Tom allow me translate what the lady is in a nice way trying to say. With the personal beef you have with our Sheriff and several of the County Commissioners, you are the very last person that should be moderating this debate. That is what was meant by being concerned with fair and neutral moderators. You have slandered some of these candidates therefore, you cannot be trusted to be neutral.

      Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 8:24 am
  • Tom, you need to have a way for teachers to submit questions anonymously. Teachers are observed with surprise inspections by administrators and many experience administrators using these in a punitive way. There is no way many teachers would be willing to ask questions publicly for fear of retribution by small minded tyrannical administrators. Please allow for a way for anonymous questions to be submitted, even if you filter them first to eliminate the trash. The teachers in this county are sick of the poor leadership but they have absolutely no outlet to let anybody know.

    Monday, 16 April 2018, 8:06 pm
  • This is a great idea Tom. Wish you could do the same in Pasco. For the school board debate, I wish you would ask the question: “Why would you allow a teacher that does NOT speak clear English and doesn’t actually teach the kids (there’s more detail here), be allowed to teach ANY grade level?” Before that teacher is ever employed in an American school, they should have to learn to speak clear and fluent ENGLISH, or work in another field. How can a child learn, if they have difficulty understanding the teacher? They can’t!

    Sunday, 15 April 2018, 6:50 pm
  • This is a great idea! 🇺🇸

    Sunday, 15 April 2018, 4:40 pm
  • that is great news to hear that there will be a local debate for county commissioners. I had a chance to talk to natalie kahler at our county fair. I asked for her phone number because some times you just can’t seem to get ahold of a commissioner when you need to. she was more than happy to give me her cell number. there are several canidates who have set up booths to get there name on the ballot. so please go to the fair and support your county. also if you need more info, you can contact ms. Shirley Anderson superviser of elections.

    Sunday, 15 April 2018, 8:21 am
  • Should one who silences the people, be asking questions on behalf of the people?

    Sunday, 15 April 2018, 7:21 am
    • Exactly.
      That’s like having the fox guarding the hen house. smdh

      Sunday, 15 April 2018, 6:55 pm
  • A problem on both sides of this debate is: we are voting for people who do not know ho to manage a county government, just look at the problems created by our current bocc and school super. We should consider and implement a county manager program where as hernando would hire an individual with a strong back ground in administration with a resume supporting there credentials. A gun shop owner, pool business, a member with prostitutes and so on, makes you wonder. Same ole faces again. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Sunday, 15 April 2018, 4:23 am
    • Don’t forget the one whose home address is in South Carolina!

      Sunday, 15 April 2018, 5:00 pm
    • Don’t forget that one also gave the hooker money for drugs AND took her to the drug dealer to buy those DRUGS.

      Sunday, 15 April 2018, 6:59 pm

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