By reporter Mike Wright, as published in the Citrus County Chronicle June 21, 2020:
Five millionaires — at least on paper — are among the candidates on this year’s ballot, including an incumbent state legislator and a former commissioner who both reported net worth in eight figures.
Candidates who qualify for the ballot complete financial disclosure forms, listing assets, liabilities, income and net worth. To see the details, go to www.votecitrus.com.
Former commissioner Scott Adams, a Republican running for supervisor of elections, shows a net worth of $26,835,000. He values at $10 million the approximate 1,000 acres of land he owns on Istachatta Road in Floral City, plus $3.8 million in U.S. Treasury bonds and $3.5 million in companies he owns.
Adams has no liabilities, according to the report. He lists $300,000 in income — $100,000 each from interest on the Treasury notes, Scott Adams Construction and “miscellaneous” income.
District 34 State Rep. Ralph Massullo, R-Lecanto, shows a net worth of $46,126,488. His assets include a $2.8 million residence, $1.7 million second home and $5 million Suncoast Dermatology and Skin Center PA in Lecanto. His report shows $2.7 million annual income from the skin center office, which Massullo owns.
Massullo is not in the primary. He faces Democrat Dushyant Gosai in the November election.
Ruthie Davis Schlabach, in a six-candidate winner-take-all Republican primary for county commission District 3, has a net worth of $3.3 million. Her assets include a $600,188 primary home, $325,000 secondary home and $1.97 million in Schlabach Security & Sound Inc., the business she owns with her husband. Liabilities include $633,762 in bank loans.
Sheriff Mike Prendergast, in a Republican primary with three challengers, shows a net worth of $1.3 million. The report shows $531,441 value of two properties, and a $379,929 mortgage.
Nonpartisan School Board District 2 candidate Danielle Damato Doty shows a net worth of $1.02 million. Assets include a $750,000 home; liabilities, $419,523 loan.
Net worth notes on other candidates:
• Lee Alexander, no-party affiliation for sheriff: $19,781 net worth. Alexander’s report shows a $230,560 home and $197,313 mortgage. While the form lists income sources as the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and State of Florida retirement, Alexander left blank spaces for the income amounts.
• Patrick Crippen, Republican for sheriff: $40,744 net worth. The report shows two vehicles as assets and the loans on those vehicles among liabilities.
• Mel Eakley, Republican for sheriff: $425,528 net worth. Assets include two properties with a total value of $600,000; liabilities show two mortgages totaling $361,000. Eakley shows $105,598 income from Motorola Solutions, and $82,522 state retirement.
• Mike Klyap Jr., Republican for sheriff: $207,503 net worth. Klyap’s report shows a $265,000 home and $160,000 mortgage. His $135,655 income is derived from Social Security, military and state retirement.
• Cregg Dalton, Republican for property appraiser: Dalton has a negative $66,917 net worth. His assets include a vehicle and household furnishings; liabilities include $102,313 in student loans. Dalton’s income is $66,851 from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
• David Gregory, Republican for property appraiser: $60,859 net worth. Includes a $73,529 home and $66,642 mortgage. Gregory lists $23,792 in income from Social Security and state retirement.
• Timothy Reynard, Republican for property appraiser; $636,250 net worth. Assets include a $250,000 home in Hernando, and no liabilities. Reynard’s income is $72,843 from the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office, plus Social Security.
• Richard “Rick” Schroeder, no-party affiliation for property appraiser: $78,489 net worth. Includes $101,022 home in Floral City and a $61,701 mortgage. His income is $43,933 from the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office.
• Rob Tessmer, Republican for property appraiser: $285,927 net worth. Assets include a $259,480 home in Inverness; liabilities include a $105,464 mortgage. Tessmer lists income of $100,096 from Coldwell Banker Investors Realty.
• Sandra “Sam” Himmel, Republican incumbent for superintendent of schools: $749,858 net worth. Includes a $325,000 home in Inverness and $175,000 bank loan. Himmel’s $136,428 salary from the Citrus County School Board.
• Paul John Reinhardt, Republican for superintendent of schools: $312,262 net worth. Reinhardt’s report shows a $34,854 house in Beverly Hills, no liabilities and no income.
• Maureen “Mo” Baird, Republican for supervisor of elections: $392,064 net worth. Assets include a $140,000 home in Inverness; liabilities are two loans totaling $23,796. Income of $69,160 from the Supervisor of Elections Office.
• Thomas Corkery, Republican for county commission District 3: $300,000 net worth. Assets include $3,000 worth of a 45s record collection; liabilities include $71,789 mortgage. Income is from Social Security and General Motors retirement.
• Mark Hammer, Republican for county commission District 3: $581,289 net worth. Assets include $16,000 for 90% ownership of Hammer’s Carpentry Service LLC, $152,500 home in Lecanto. He reports no liabilities.
• Angel Starr Lewis, Republican for county commission District 3: $400,845 net worth. Assets include $125,300 home in Lecanto, $474,960 restaurant in Crystal River; liabilities include $469,739 bank loan.
• Luis Marin, Republican for county commission District 3: $493,000 net worth. Assets include $573,000 home, liabilities include $359,400 mortgage. Income is $143,800 Florida Retirement System and $36,300 Social Security disability.
• Edwin Roberts, Republican for county commission District 3: $525,499 net worth. Report shows a $140,000 Citrus Springs home and no liabilities. Income listed is $19,698 from Social Security.
• Holly Davis, Republican for county commission District 5: $391,675 net worth. Assets include $275,000 Citrus Hills home, liabilities include $200,332 mortgage. Davis shows a total income of $97,000 from two businesses she owns.
• Jimmie T. Smith, Republican incumbent for county commission District 5: $71,629 net worth. Assets include $94,102 house in Inverness; liabilities include $93,825 loan. Income includes $60,327 county commissioner salary and $15,742 military retirement.
• Ginger Bryant, nonpartisan incumbent for school board District 2: $350,000 net worth. Assets include a $150,000 home in Crystal River, $40,000 property in Levy County, $40,000 property in Gilchrist County; liabilities are $95,000 bank loan. Bryant’s income is $33,300 from the school board and $35,700 Florida retirement.
• Mark Garlock, nonpartisan for school board District 2: $609,673 net worth. Assets include a $130,000 Crystal River home; liabilities, $46,753 bank loan. Income includes $49,196 from the Citrus County School Board.
• Dushyant Gosai, Democrat for state House District 34: $231,544 net worth. Includes $445,049 Citrus Hills home and $328,028 mortgage. He lists $35,110 income from Colorado State University Global, and $62,500 from Oasis Outsourcing.
Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.