Leesburg Daily Commercial 2/10/16
LEESBURG — State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, has prefiled to run for Lake County supervisor of elections.
Hays said he is familiar with the duties of the position because he has served on the Ethics and Elections Committee in the state Senate.
He acknowledged Wednesday this legislative session would be his last.
“I feel very capable of serving the people with the same level of conscientiousness and integrity that I have brought to my service life previously,” he said. “I feel my administrative skills are certainly well matched to the demands of that job.”
Hays is the fifth candidate to prefile after Emogene Stegall, Florida’s longest-serving elections chief, announced she was retiring after serving more than 40 years in the position.
Eustis Mayor Michael Holland; Margie Eaton, a judicial assistant in Orange County; Christopher Flint and Scott Larson are also vying for the position.
Hays said he chose to run for the county position for several reasons, including the fact it will allow him more time to spend with his family.
The Florida Supreme Court’s decision to have the state’s congressional districts redrawn also played a factor in Hay’s decision. The new congressional map requires those senators in even numbered districts to receive two-year terms.
Meanwhile, those in odd numbered districts receive four-year terms. Senators in even numbered districts can serve up to 10 years.
Hays said his new district would be even numbered and, if he won re-election, he would only be able to serve two more years before his term limit would be up.