St. Petersburg Times Online: Election 2000
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

Collector, appraiser victors are grateful

By BILL VARIAN and BRIDGET HALL GRUMET

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 2000


One secured a third term in office. The other is starting a new career.

But both victors in Tuesday's races for constitutional offices said they were equally grateful to voters for their strong showing in the polls.

Tax Collector-elect Janice Warren, a former SunTrust banker, bounced from one major intersection to another Wednesday sporting an ear-to-ear grin and waving a thank you sign. She takes over an office held for 26 years by Norine Gilstrap, who inherited the post from her husband.

Warren credited hustle and the hard work of a large crew of volunteers for her victory over Democrat Lee Cooper.

"I've been preparing for this for four years. My grandmother told us that if we worked hard and we didn't whine, we could do anything we wanted to do," Warren said. "She was right."

She won all but three of Citrus County's 35 precincts and took 58 percent in the general election that featured little rancor between her and her opponent. That's a strong showing for a newcomer to elected office.

Warren said her campaign visited 7,400 homes throughout Citrus County. Some 100 young volunteers pitched in, holding a softball game and bowling outing as fundraisers. Along the way, she amassed more than $49,000 to put her face on billboards and send out fliers.

Though she will have to wait until her Jan. 2 swearing in, Warren said she can't wait to get started. She said she plans to spend a few days in the office in December, with Gilstrap's permission, to get a better sense of how it operates.

Property Appraiser Ron Schultz also spent Wednesday standing alongside the county's busiest roads, holding a thank you sign and waving to drivers. Schultz had plenty to be thankful for: Voters gave the Republican his third and final term in office.

Schultz picked up 31,494 votes, winning 28 of the 35 precincts and most of the absentee ballots. His Democratic challenger, real estate consultant John Barnes, earned 24,103 votes.

Although Barnes criticized Schultz during the campaign for stirring costly controversies, Schultz said the vote showed that residents want an official who is willing to take a stand.

"We do have some debates and controversies ... and occasionally I get typecast as the one causing the debate," Schultz said. "It is good to have debate, and the general public thinks they are better off when there is debate."

Schultz, 61, said this will be his last term. He has filed paperwork to retire in January 2004.

Back to Election 2000
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
 
Special Links
Tim Nickens
The Presidential race
Florida races
Pinellas races
Hillsborough races
Pasco races
Hernando races
Citrus races


From the Times election desk

Presidential

  • Recount begins as world watches
  • What a difference 12 hours makes
  • Voters statewide say they had poll troubles
  • Why the networks' call kept changing
  • Tired eyes watch over recount
  • Media rechecking their crystal balls
  • Wall Street joins nation in long wait
  • Election mania has everyone talking, waiting
  • Remarks by George W. Bush, Al Gore on the election returns
  • The victor must earn legitimacy by uniting
  • A Rather long night
  • Inside the Electoral College
  • Overseas ballots suddenly crucial
  • Presidential results
  • Election results
  • U.S. Senate winners
  • Governor winners
  • Election briefs
  • U.S. House winners
  • State

  • A night the Bushes won't forget
  • Funding for train mystifies officials
  • Capitol leaders predict less partisan session
  • Disclosure's role debated
  • Pinellas

  • Gore vote says GOP has edge, not a lock, in Pinellas County
  • Three recounts needed in fire district race
  • Vote shocks senior center's fans
  • Hillsborough

  • Gore won city; Bush swept the suburbs
  • Tired eyes watch over recount
  • House District 60 race won by smallest margin
  • Easterling says knocking on doors helped her win
  • To their regret, non-voters learn: It matters
  • So much to count, so little time
  • Pasco

  • Decision on sheriff brings prayers, tears
  • Cannon became his 'own worst enemy'
  • Recount gives a new name to fatigue: Chad
  • Cannon has only himself to blame for his downfall
  • Two new commissioners aren't passive
  • Hernando

  • Democrats: New force in Hernando
  • Voters discard politics of race in picking elections supervisor
  • All around the county, the election is the word
  • Recount dominates day after elections
  • Citrus

  • Citrus first in state to give results
  • Hickey hopes to mend rifts
  • Republicans fare well with Citrus voters
  • Recount blurs result in Crystal River race
  • Collector, appraiser victors are grateful
  • Election results
  • Votes hit close to home for these two
  • Activist was wild card in race
  • Results leave many befuddled
  • Council races hinged on past contretemps


  • From the AP
    national wire
  • Bush Pledges Iraq Arms Hunt Will Continue
  • 'Partial Birth' Abortion Ban Passes House

    hearme.com

  •