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2020 Primary Election Results

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Polls opened throughout Hernando County at 7:00 AM Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The following statistics were available as of Wednesday morning on the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website (hernandovotes.com).  The closest race was for Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Judge as Pam Vergara unseated George Angeliadas with small victories in each county of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.   Hernando County District 5 County Commissioner incumbent candidate Steve Champion (REP) will be progressing to the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election, running against Michael Burmann (NPA).  Hernando County District 1 County Commissioner candidate Beth Narverud will be running against Isaiah Haddon (DEM) in the General Election as she won a crowded primary race by substantial margins.

Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson stated that the day at the polls was “very smooth.”  27% of the county’s registered voters cast ballots during this primary, more than half by mail.  

Anderson described the system of mail-in ballots as safe and secure, and that her office works closely with the United States Postal Service (USPS).  

“We do all that we can to make sure every vote counts, but there is some voter responsibility… to mail those ballots back in plenty of time, or put it in a drop box.” 

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Voters have the option to deliver their ballots to the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) office or use these secure drop boxes placed within the county. 

Anderson added that of approximately 46,000 ballots requested, only 25,736 were returned.  “Those cost taxpayers dollars.”  Anderson would like those who no longer wish to receive a mail-in ballot to cancel the request at the SOE office.

Very few people were affected by polling precinct changes, which were necessary due to a reduction in available poll workers.

Anderson predicts more precinct changes before the November 3rd General Election because her office plans to recruit 50-60 more poll workers. 


Active Eligible Voters:  142,601
Total Ballots Cast: 39,683
Percent Voter Turnout:  27.83%  

Total Mail-In Ballots:  25,736 / 64.85%
Total Early Voting Ballots:  3,243 / 8.63%
Total Election Day Ballots:  10,520 / 26.51%
Provisional Ballots: 4 / 0.01%


Hernando County Sheriff

Al Nienhuis (REP) – ELECTED
67.51% or 26,516 votes

James K. Terry (REP)
32.49% or 12,760 votes

Hernando County Commissioner District 1

Beth Narverud (REP) 
45.14% or 9,251 votes

Mark Johnson (REP)
25.67% or 5,261 votes

Joe Swilley (REP)
21.36% or 4,378 votes
Nicholas W. Nicholson (REP)
7.84% or 1,606 votes

Beth Narverud will run against Isaiah Christian Haddon (DEM)  in the General Election on Nov. 3, 2020.

County Commissioner, District 3

John Allocco (REP) – ELECTED
68.73% or 25,506 votes

Burton Melaugh (REP) 
31.27% or 11,607 votes

County Commissioner, District 5

Steve Champion (REP) 
59.77% or 12,268 votes

Kevin Hohn (REP) 
40.23% or 8,256 votes

Steve Champion will run against Michael Burmann (NPA) in the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.

Circuit Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit, 
Group 22


Pam Vergara (NON)  – ELECTED
52.06% or 19,719 votes

George G. Angeliadis  (NON)
47.94% or 18,156 votes


Pam Vergara (NON)
50.64% or 19,655 votes

George G. Angeliadis (NON)
49.36% or 19,159 votes


Pam Vergara (NON)
51.09% or 32,833 votes

George G. Angeliadis (NON)
 48.91% or 31,430  votes


Pam Vergara (NON)
51.09% or 29,492 votes

George G. Angeliadis (NON)
48.91% or 28,235 votes


Pam Vergara (NON)
51.77% or 21,029 votes

George G. Angeliadis (NON)
48.23% or 19,591 votes

Vergara wins this election by small margins in all 5 counties that make up the 5th Judicial Circuit.

Hernando County School Board, District 2

Linda K. Prescott – ELECTED
60.52% or 22,690 votes

Charles Helm
39.48% or 14,804 votes

The City of Brooksville Referendum: 
Tax Exemption For New or Expanding Businesses To Create New Full-Time Jobs

69.87% or 1,120 votes

30.13% or 483 votes

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