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Hancock to run for County Commission

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Seeks District 5 seat held by Arnett

Note: The following was taken from a news release supplied by the candidate.

Richard Hancock recently filed to run for Marion County Commission, District 5 as a Republican. The former CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, and businessman, has vowed to serve the citizens of Marion County with integrity and common sense leadership.

“I believe I have the experience and the dedication to serve the citizens of Marion County,” said Hancock. “I have lived in Marion County for over 27 years. I have raised a family here, and I have spent the majority of my career right here in Marion County.”

Hancock continued, “My experience as a state legislator, prosecutor, businessman, and as a leader of Marion County’s marquee industry makes me uniquely qualified to serve on our county commission. I pledge to be thoughtful with my decisions and respectful to all those I serve. I’ll never forget who I work for: the people of Marion County.”

Hancock was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He later received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law. Hancock served two terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was appointed Chief Criminal Prosecutor in Northeastern Oklahoma. As a rancher, he owned and operated horse farms in both Oklahoma and Kentucky

In 1988, Hancock accepted the position of CEO for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA). For 23 years Richard Hancock served Florida’s Horse industry, overseeing the growth of the breeders’ incentive program from $3,000,000 to over $15,000,000 annually. Working with the FTBOA Board of Directors he worked to establish Florida Equine Publications, Florida Thoroughbred Charities, Florida Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, and obtained the Ocala Thoroughbred Racing permit.

He retired at the end of 2011 and currently serves on the board of Kids Central, Inc., a nonprofit agency that coordinates services for families with children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. He also serves on the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority Board of Directors.

Hancock has called Marion County home for nearly three decades. He and his wife, Cathy Albright Hancock, live in Ocala and together have six children, 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

For more information, please visit www.VoteHancock.com.