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Physical therapist John Allocco files to run for Hernado County Commission

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The first candidate for Hernando County Commission District 3 has jumped into the race. Earlier this month physical therapist John Allocco filed paperwork with the county supervisor of elections to run for the seat currently occupied by longtime commissioner Diane Rowd.

“I came to Florida to pursue a college education and moved to Hernando County following graduation,” Allocco said. “As a healthcare professional, I opened a practice, met and married my wife, Randi, and together we’ve built a small business here in Hernando County.”

Allocco earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Florida. He received a master’s in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Allocco now owns Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers in Spring Hill. Allocco operates the practice with his wife, Randi Alloy.

“I look forward to meeting with voters throughout Hernando County and sharing my vision for a brighter future,” John Allocco said. “You have my commitment to work tirelessly to earn the trust, confidence, support and vote of Hernando County residents to represent them on the Hernando County Commission.”

Allocco is running for the seat as a Republican. Rowd is a Democrat.

“Now, I am running for Hernando County Commission, District 3 to bring a new, fresh perspective to the Commission,” Allocco said. “By helping local businesses grow, bringing new businesses and jobs to our county, setting policies for smart, sustainable growth, and ensuring a balanced tax base, Hernando County can become an even better community.”

So far Allocco is the only candidate listed on the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website. However, the qualifying period for that race is not until next June.

According to its records, Allocco has not yet posted any fundraising numbers.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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