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By JENNIFER FARRELL
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000
SPRING HILL -- Dennis Andrews, Richard Martin and Jeff Hollander took an early lead Tuesday night in the race to fill three open seats on the Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission.
Early returns put Andrews, an incumbent, and first-time candidate Martin competing for first and second place, followed by Hollander, who was trailed closely by Donald Knutson. Incumbent Al Kroner was running a distant fifth. The top three vote-getters win the seats.
Andrews, 47, is a former assistant Spring Hill fire chief who works as an instructor at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. He was running for a second four-year term.
"I appreciate the voters' support," Andrews said. "They must've thought I did a good job for the last four years. I will continue to do my job of keeping track of what's going on in the district."
Martin, 31, is a territory manager for Pro Equipment, which deals in outdoor power equipment. "I feel there's a great deal of trust instilled in me by the residents of Spring Hill," he said. "I appreciate everybody who took the time to listen to what I had to say and give me the chance to represent them."
Hollander, 48, owns HNA Computer Systems.
"I appreciate the voters giving me their confidence," he said. "I'm going to work very hard over the next four years to earn it."
Knutson said he was satisfied with the outcome.
"I've got all the confidence in the world in them," he said.
The fire board sets policy and oversee the district's finances and operations. The board consists of five unpaid members.