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Citrus County Commissioner, District 4

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Jim Fowler

Citrus County needs strong, courageous leaders to guide us into the future. We are growing at an unprecedented pace and demand for infrastructure and services continues to rise. 

We want County Commissioners who fully grasp the complexities of budgeting, growth management, environmental protection, infrastructure, and short and long-range planning. 

We have such a candidate in Rebecca Bays. I trust Rebecca to guide us in a way that protects our natural assets, financial assets, and, as well, our individual rights. 

Rebecca served us once before as our county commissioner from District 4. She conducted herself with dignity and class, despite having a very disruptive board member and a financial crisis that was compounded by the closing of the nuclear plant. Her expertise helped right the ship. She made decisions then that proved to be in the best interest of the county. 

Rebecca is not your average politician. She decides issues based on the law and their merits, regardless of the political consequences. She will make decisions based on what is best for our county, not because it is popular with one interest or unpopular with another. She is courageous and a visionary who understands that you have to plant a seed today to stand in the shade of a tree years down the road. She also understands the urgency of the moment. 

Rebecca’s business background, community involvement, and political experience make her the most qualified candidate for District 4. 

As a former county commissioner from District 4 who had the privilege of serving three terms representing you, I strongly recommend Rebecca Bays for county commissioner. 

Jim Fowler
Former Citrus County Commissioner - 1994-2006

Rebecca Beattie

I am writing to tell you about a good dilemma to have, but a dilemma none the less. When you have excellent choices in a local election, you know that no matter the outcome, our community will be better off. Such is the case with the district 4 race for County Commissioner.


Early on, out of deep concern that a disruptive former commissioner was pondering entering the contest, I was anxious and eager to find someone of a high caliber to run for that seat. I put my support behind John Murphy whom I know and trust would do a good job.


Now for my own personal dilemma. Rebecca Bays later entered the same race to retake her old seat on the commission. Rebecca is one of my dearest friends and a superb business woman and public servant. After an ad came out suggesting I was still supporting John, I was contacted by several people that were curious as to why I had now thrown my support behind Rebecca instead of John. I felt I needed to clear this up in unambiguous terms.


I like John, he is a committed community leader, and he would make a fine Commissioner, but Rebecca Bays will have my support and more importantly my vote because her skills in budgeting and knowledge of growth management are exactly what we need at this time. If you agree with me, I hope you will vote for Rebecca Bays on August 23rd.


Rebecca Beattie, RN, MSN -CEN

Leon McClellan

I am writing to endorse Rebecca Bays for County Commission District 4.

I have known Rebecca for nearly 15 years. She and her husband, Mike are two of the most generous people I have ever met. They have never turned down a request to help me with their time and treasure as we have raised money for various charities around the county.

Rebecca’s business background is needed now more than ever with our county growing at such a rapid pace. When she previously served as our county commissioner, she helped guide our county through some very difficult times. We weren’t even out of the great recession when the nuclear plant closed. Rebecca used her business skills to stabilize the county and put us on a path to recovery. Now, with inflation and a possible recession coming, I want Rebecca Bays helping to guide us forward.

Rebecca is not afraid of hard work. She recently sold her insurance business but still has a family-owned tree farm South of Inverness. As someone who runs a local agriculture operation, she understands the value of family farms to Citrus County. That is also important to my family. We want someone who loves the land and will help protect what is special about our area.

I urge all my friends to support Rebecca Bays to be our next commissioner for district 4.


Leon McClellan, Lecanto

Hall Flowers

I am excited to see Rebecca Bays is running for county commissioner in Citrus County. I met Rebecca when I owned the parcel that is now the world-renowned Three Sisters Springs.

During my Frequent visits to the area, I became friends with Rebecca and other business leaders. It didn’t take long to understand Rebecca’s passion for the environment and interest in preserving Three Sisters Springs. She, along with many others got on board early, donating and raising funds to make preservation a reality. I will cherish my visits to Crystal River during that time. Getting to know Rebecca and the wonderful people there was a major factor in our ultimate decision to forgo developing the property. Their enthusiasm was contagious.

Citrus County would do well to have Rebecca Bays serve them. I trust she will make preserving the Nature Coast a priority and she will bring the same passion and energy that I witnessed to the job. 
Hal Flowers
Former owner, Three Sisters Springs


Kristin Purdy

Citrus County Voters have the opportunity to elect a very accomplished woman to the County Commission. I urge everyone to vote for Rebecca Bays who is running to represent District 4. All voters in every party can cast a vote for Rebecca in the upcoming primary. I have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca on a professional level for many years. Rebecca is a visionary and leader that people want to follow. She is a great listener who treats everyone fairly. She has an extremely strong work ethic and can be counted on to bring projects to a successful conclusion.

Rebecca built a successful business which she recently sold. Working with her was one of the highlights of my career. I am so excited for her that she is able to follow her passion for community service, but she is missed at the office. Our loss will be Citrus County’s gain if she is elected to the county commission. If you want a capable, humble, trusted leader with integrity, I urge you to vote for my friend, Rebecca Bays for County Commissioner District 4.



Kristin Purdy

John DeGraw, M.D.

I am writing to endorse Rebecca Bays as Citrus County Commissioner, District 4. Rebecca has lived in Citrus County for over 20 years and is a former Citrus County business owner of Insurance Resources and Risk Management which she recently sold. She is currently President of Freedom Hill Farms, Inverness, and served as a Citrus County Commissioner from 2010-2014. After leaving office in 2014 she was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the I-75 Relief Taskforce where she worked with the Florida Department of Transportation.

I have known Rebecca for 20 years and have found her to be a passionate and strong-willed lady. She is outspoken, hardworking, knows how to get things done, and is highly respected for the clarity of her convictions. She is a lady of faith, holds strongly to her principles, and is faithful to keeping her promises. Rebecca refuses to follow the current convenience just because it fits the worldview. In her mind, right is right and wrong is wrong and she is not afraid of a fight. She is dedicated to her faith and feels that she has been called to serve and do her part to improve the quality of our lives by being an emissary to protect our rights. Her motto is: “Do not go where the PATH may lead. Go instead where there is no PATH and leave a trail.” - Emerson

As a physician in this county for 35 years, it is my pleasure and honor to endorse Mrs. Rebecca Bays as Citrus County Commissioner, District 4. She is a woman of strong faith, inspiring character, and high moral integrity. I will pray for her success, encourage her during hard times and help her when needed, for I know that she will always seek Godly advice when problems get tough. Knowing that she is armed with Godly wisdom and advice, I can be assured that even though she may not always come out on top, she will always do what is right. I encourage you to visit her website,, and get to know her. If you do that, I’m sure that you will pray with me for her success.


Sincerely Yours,
John DeGraw, MD

Bhadresh K. Patel, M.D. 

I urge all voters to select Rebecca Bays as our next County Commissioner from District 4. We have been friends with the Bays family for many years. Rebecca is a strategic thinker and planner who has a passion for service. Her work with many local nonprofits as well as her success in private business uniquely qualifies her for this position. She has the experience we need to deal with the very complex issues we are facing.

Rebecca is one of the hardest working people I know. I am impressed with her knowledge of the county budget. She represented us on the County Commission before, during a very difficult economic time. Duke Energy shut down the nuclear plant and the county lost millions in tax revenue. Rebecca helped put us on the path to recovery by making the difficult decision to cut the county budget yet kept our essential services intact. I trust Rebecca to make the right decisions for our county.


I hope you will join me in supporting my friend, someone I admire greatly, Rebecca Bays to represent our interests on the County Commission. 


Bhadresh K. Patel, M.D.

William Dixon, MD, MBA

Three excellent candidates are vying for the County Commission District 4. No matter who wins in that race, Citrus County will be well served. We should all appreciate their willingness to take on that thankless job!

Of the three candidates – Rebecca Bays, John Murphy and Winn Webb – I endorse the candidacy of Rebecca Bays. I believe she is particularly qualified for that office.

A former Citrus County Commissioner, Rebecca Bays will be able to assume full responsibilities on day one. There will be no learning curve.

She knows how to work with the county staff and with her colleagues on the commission to achieve what is best for the citizens of the County. But as a commissioner, she was unwavering in her support for the principles of sound government and to the commitments she made to the electorate. Her vote on any issue will reliably support the best interests of local citizens rather than of any special interest groups.

Rebecca Bays and her husband, Mike, are deeply rooted in Citrus County and in the state. There is scarcely a major charitable organization in the county to which they have not contributed both time and money. As well, there is scarcely a business in the county with which they have not interacted in some fashion either commercially or socially. Rebecca Bays knows this county, its needs and its people.

Mrs. Bays also knows many of our elected state officials on a first name basis. Should a call be needed to solicit support from the state, Rebecca Bays can make that call.

I asked Mrs. Bays why she would be willing to take on such a punishing position at this time in her life. She told me that she and her family had been blessed living in Citrus County and that she wanted to give back to the county. She said: "I'd like to leave it better than I found it.”


That is good enough for me and why I hardily recommend her candidacy to you.

William Dixon, MD, MBA​

Anne Melanson

I am supporting Rebecca Bays for County Commissioner District 4. Rebecca is extremely hard working. Whether it is running her business, working on her family tree farm or volunteering to make our community better, Rebecca demonstrates an unparalleled work ethic.

Rebecca can be trusted to make decisions based on solid data. With her experience in the political, nonprofit and business world, Rebecca is ready to hit the ground running on day one. With the tremendous growth Citrus County is undergoing, we need an experienced hand to guide us.  Rebecca Bays is the right person for the job. Please consider voting for her on or before August 23rd.

Anne Melanson


Sammy Pilliouris

If you want a commissioner you can trust, and has two decades of community involvement, please join me in supporting Rebecca Bays. As a business owner, my family did business with Rebecca and we always received sound advice and great service.

We need someone who will hit the ground running on day one. Rebecca Bays has the experience, drive and determination to be a great county commissioner. Rebecca is the embodiment of the American dream and will bring integrity and transparency to county government. I am proud to support Rebecca Bays.

Sammy Pilliouris

Phil Tompetrini

I have known Rebecca Bays for well over a decade. I have interacted with her in business and social circles and can attest to her business acumen, generosity and integrity.


There is no doubt that she will make a great commissioner. She is one of the few candidates talking about protecting the environment. Rebecca understands that we must support growth that is compatible with our area and that won’t adversely affect our fragile eco system.

Rebecca has served on the board of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, led efforts to expand our trail system, worked to get septic tanks off our rivers, and supported the effort to save Three Sisters Springs from development. She was raised on a farm and currently owns a tree farm south of Inverness. Her love of the land is in her blood, and I trust her to be a good steward of our natural resources.

Rebecca is a proven leader who knows how to get things done. I hope you will consider voting for Rebecca Bays in the upcoming primary for county commissioner district 4.

Phil Tompetrini

Gaston Hall

Business experience is an important skill to bring to our governance. 

Community involvement is another area that Commissioner candidates should have before they run for office.

Knowledge of how County Government works and what parts County Commissioners have control over and what parts that they do not control.

As a past president of the Citrus County Building Alliance (CCBA) and active member of their Government Affairs Committee, I have long followed the work of county government, so I know what kind of skills a county commissioner needs. 

Of the field of candidates in these two races I ask that you support:

- For District 2 County Commissioner, join me in voting for Stacey Worthington.
- For District 4 County Commissioner, join me in voting for Rebecca Bays.
I ask that you forward this email to your friends and family.


Gaston Hall

Jeff Purdy

I am supporting Rebecca Bays for County Commissioner District 4. Rebecca is a true professional who cares deeply about our community. After a very successful business career, she is ready to return to public service. Rebecca will dedicate herself full time working for us, and she will not be beholden to any special interest.

She is a strategic thinker and doer. She will listen to the citizens and make educated decisions. I have always been amazed at her work ethic.

I am very proud to publicly support Rebecca Bays for County Commissioner.

Jeff Purdy

Keith Pullias

It is my pleasure to endorse Mrs. Rebecca Bays for County Commission, District 4, in Citrus County, Florida. I have known Rebecca on a professional level for over 10 years now. I trust Rebecca to advocate for Citrus County, its citizens, and especially the business community. Rebecca has a strong work ethic and understanding of what it takes to run a successful business in Citrus County. I have had numerous dealings with her, and she has always demonstrated her ability to think critically, use fair judgement and prove herself a leader in the business community.

I have also had the opportunity to get to know Rebecca on a personal level. Alongside her husband, Mike, she has invested a great deal of time, money and energy into making Citrus County a better place. She has done so using her numerous connections throughout the state of Florida. I have witnessed Rebecca put Citrus County and its priorities in front of state leaders in Tallahassee. She will not hesitate to ask difficult questions, when necessary, while representing our interests in a respectful and courteous manner.

Rebecca is the type of person to answer her phone after hours and follow through on her promises. If you are looking for a community-oriented leader who doesn’t just show up when there is a microphone on, Rebecca is your candidate.

Keith Pullias

Debra Fredrick

I am writing to endorse Rebecca Bays for Citrus County Commissioner District 4.

Rebecca is just who we need on board as a county commissioner and deal with the complex challenges ahead. As the former Republican Committee Woman for Citrus County, I can say with confidence that Rebecca will represent our conservative values while listening to all of our citizens.


She will bring a serious, deliberative and professional point of view to county government.

I wholeheartedly support Rebecca Bays and I hope you will consider casting your vote for her.

Debra Fredrick

Dee Atkins

Rebecca Bays is running for County Commissioner, District 4. I have several reasons that she gets my vote. I'm not going to expand on these because it'll be too many words for print, so I'll simply itemize:

She has served as county Commissioner in the past, therefore she knows how to get things done.

She has had her own insurance business and still has a business south of Inverness, therefore, she knows the strategies to have a successful budget and still get things done.

She has served on many boards and organizations and knows the needs of our community and how to address them.