The political atmosphere during this monumental presidential campaign is on fire with drama and shock headlines. But in our own county, the race to fill Hernando County Judge is much calmer and presents only two candidates fighting for a single seat. Kristie Marie Ruppe hopes you will choose her. And her supporters are prepared to give a strong argument why she is the only reasonable choice.
Kristie Ruppe, 45, decided to run for county judge only after she had been approached by several concerned residents and fellow defense attorneys. Her opponent recently transplanted to Hernando, and was appointed to fill the vacancy left when the Honorable Judge Scaglione moved to circuit court. Now the county seat is up for election, and concerned citizens hope to see it filled by someone with deeper connections to the community.
Kristie’s passion for her hometown began in 2003 when she and her husband, Chris, moved to Hernando. Back then, Kristie served as a prosecutor in Pasco County. Her extensive background in criminal law and special education law fit comfortably as an independent attorney with the Morris Law Group.
Chris Ruppe has owned Gator Nutrition in Spring Hill for over 20 years. The couple has three children, Jackson, 10, and seven-year old twins, Acey and Kingston.
With the backing of her family, colleagues and friends, Kristie successfully secured 1248 eligible signatures required to get her name on the ballot. She is the first woman in Hernando County history to be on the ballot for County Judge. If she wins the election on August 30th, she will be the first woman judge elected to the County Court.
Kristie currently campaigns when she isn’t spending time with her family, representing a client or volunteering with the Hernando County Youth Court program.
Those who know her are prepared to vouch for her character and integrity. Those she has defended stand by her compassion, commitment and dedication.
“My vision for our county court is for a truly fair, impartial and user friendly forum for the citizens and businesses of Hernando County to have their disputes heard and justly solved,” she said. “The County Court must be a place of honor and dignity and above any questions of fairness or proper administration of our laws.”
The real work has begun as local candidates in a multitude of race campaigns vie for public support. And the Committee to Elect Kristie Ruppe has been at it for months, organizing various community gatherings where Kristie can meet and greet the public before August 30.
Her passion for justice is fueling her newest and most ambitious goal to date. But for Kristie, transitioning from the defense table to the bench will only renew her commitment to a community she has made her home.
Come out and show your support on Tuesday at a ribbon cutting for Kristie Ruppe at Morris Law Group; 129 N Main St., Brooksville, at noon. She is also hosting a breakfast on Wednesday for Timber Pines residents at Gator Nutrition; 342 Beverly Ct., Spring Hill.
Follow Kristie Ruppe at kristieruppe4judge.com.