A longtime Citrus County resident and longtime former director of an organization that protects victims of domestic violence is the first candidate for the county commission in the 2022 election.
Diana Finegan, from Homosassa, filed documents with the Election Office Supervisor on Friday to establish a campaign account.
Finegan, a Republican, is seeking election to the District 2 county committee, currently held by Ron Kitchen Jr., who has said he will not stand for re-election.
âThis county has given me the opportunity to grow up with hard work and determination,â she said. âIt’s time for me to give back. “
Finegan, 47, was born in Floral City and attended Citrus County schools.
âI was brought up in a simple trailer by parents who taught me good values,â she said. “I know what it’s like to live from paycheck to paycheck.”
At 27, she became executive director of CASA – Citrus Abuse Shelter Association – and remained there for 18 years. In 2017, Finegan joined her husband Steve in their businesses of Inverness Air Fx Inc. and Electrix Inc.
But it was the Homosassa River issues between boaters and landowners that caught Finegan’s attention.
âThe river spearheaded the idea,â she said. âSome people want our riding to grow, others don’t. I prefer to be proactive than reactive.