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Former School Board official has eyes on commission seat
By DAN DEWITT
Published July 12, 2007
John Druzbick, a 12-year veteran of the Hernando County School Board, said Wednesday he plans to run as a Republican candidate for the County Commission seat held by Democrat Diane Rowden.
Druzbick, 55, will first have to face at least one other candidate - Wayne Dukes - in the Republican primary in 2008.
Druzbick, who was defeated in his 2006 School Board re-election race by Dianne Bonfield, had said earlier that he did not plan to run again for political office. But he was thinking of the School Board, not the County Commission, he said Wednesday.
The commission appeals to him, he said, because its decisions still affect him, especially taxes and what he considers the county's unwise spending.
"The budget in general is my concern," he said. "I still live in Hernando County and I pay those taxes. I have a different idea than Mrs. Rowden about how government should work."
Druzbick supported the Hickory Hill development in Spring Lake, which Rowden voted against. She said it would promote sprawl and undermine the county's comprehensive plan.
Druzbick said the development will add tax revenue and encourage economic development. He did not want to say more about his position on issues, he said, until he has had time prepare a more detailed platform, probably later this month.
As of Wednesday afternoon, he had not formally filed papers with the Supervisor of Elections Office.
Rowden, a former School Board member now in her second term on the commission, said she was disappointed to hear about Druzbick's plans because he previously had told her would not run against her.