Supervisor of Elections Candidate Statements

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Supervisor of Elections Candidate Statements

For the Nov. 8th, 2016 election
The following statements were provided by the candidate or candidate's representative. They were each given a 400 word limit.

Shirley Anderson, Incumbent (R)


Shirley Anderson, SOE Incumbent

My name is Shirley Anderson and for the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as your Supervisor of Elections in Hernando County. Throughout my time in office, I’ve strived to ensure the highest integrity and transparency in our election’s process. Additionally, I’m proud that through our hard work we’ve been able to update our office’s technology, train over five hundred poll workers, and successfully administer four countywide elections.

I’ve utilized my professional and community experience to run the Hernando County elections office in a fiscally conservative and non-partisan manner. Since 2012, we’ve doubled the number of early voting locations, implemented new procedures that resulted in a more efficient and accountable office, and established an outreach program to increase voter registration and enhance voter education. I’m honored to highlight some of our priorities and accomplishments:

Voter Outreach and Education
Speak to Juror pools weekly
Participated in over 300 voter registration and education opportunities
Voter drives on college and high school campuses
Opened Forest Oaks Office full time to better serve residents on west side of county
Double Click Democracy- a school based election program
Democracy Live- a voting assistance program for our overseas military
Better Communications
Quarterly E-newsletter
Social Media Presence- Facebook and Twitter
Updated website www.hernandovotes.com
Technology for a modern era
Replaced outdated computers
Updated communication system for electronic poll books on Election Day
Replaced sixteen year old voting system with the newest certified technology available in Florida

I am proud of the job we have been able to accomplish and I would like the opportunity to continue. I have been honored to be the guardian of your vote and the trustee of our local democracy and I look forward to speaking to voters, learning more about their priorities for our beautiful county, and working to earn their support.

Shirley Anderson is a fifth generation Floridian that has called Hernando County home for the past thirteen years. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to six. Shirley is a graduate of the University of South Florida and is a Master Florida Certified Elections Professional (MFCEP).

Debra Myers (D)


Debra Myers, SOE candidate

Debra Myers was raised in a small farm town in Ohio, called Pataskala which is just east of Columbus. She attended The Ohio State University, where she studied: Japanese, French and Italian and she also attended the University of Pau in Pau, France. She met her husband when she was 18, they got married and have two sons, Nicholas is a Computer Sciences Major at Saint Leo University and Jacob is a junior at Central High School and he aspires to be a Marine Biologist after attending USF.

Currently, Debra is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Advantage Realty, where she manages their two Hernando County offices and she is their trainer. She was the 2013 President of the Hernando County Association of REALTORS®, where she was able to showcase her leadership skills & help others develop theirs. She loves to travel, skydive, swim with sharks, bake and decorate cakes and spend time with her family.

Debra was also a lector and Catechist at Saint Anthony the Abbott Church, and became involved with the Association of Realtors®, it was there that she was introduced to politics. She started going to Tallahassee with REALTORS® to lobby for Property Rights, then she took it further to Washington to join the masses of REALTORS® to voice their opinions with issues, such as flood insurance and others, that involved Property Rights.

Debra has been a poll worker in Hernando County for 8.5 years and has trained in every position from Deputy to Evid Operator to Precinct Coordinator to most recently overseeing 4 precincts as the Precinct Advisor. She sees a need for our County Elections process to be more technologically advanced. They are using outdated equipment and processes that make it hard for some individuals, especially when trying to fill in a tiny bubble that can barely be seen. She also has noticed a strong need to get more people to work the polls. They have been understaffed at many of the polling locations which have made it hard for the people working to do it efficiently.

Debra’s goals as Supervisor of Elections will be to reach out to potential voters that have not registered, but are currently eligible or about to become eligible, and get them registered. She really wants to focus on getting the younger generations involved in the Political process of our Country too because- We ALL Count!

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Candidate Financials:

Shirley Anderson
Contributions: $16,906.54
In Kind: $1,888.00
Expenditures: $10,486.86

Debra Myers
Contributions: $4,080.10
In Kind: $200.00
Expenditures: $3,386.97

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What are the responsibilities of the Supervisor of Elections?

- Ensures that voter rolls are accurate

- Administers all elections

- Qualifies and provides support for local candidates

- Receives local campaign financial reports

- Handles vote by mail ballot requests, mails and canvases them

- Mailing of sample ballots for all elections

- Recruits and trains poll workers

- Maintains accessible polling places

- Maintains information on all precincts and district boundaries

- Handles candidate and initiative petitions (This election cycle the SOE has handled over 55,000 candidate and initiative petitions combined.)

- Maintains and secures voting equipment

- Maintains voter registration statistics

- Develops voter registration programs