Deputy filling office faces a Democrat in November
On Monday, June 25, Florida Gov. Rick Scott elevated Chief Deputy Hendry County Property Appraiser Dena Pittman to the post of Hendry County property appraiser.
Ms. Pittman, 49, a Clewiston resident and a Republican, was appointed to fill the seat of Hendry County property appraiser until Nov. 13, 2018, when a new appraiser will be sworn in after the Nov. 6 election.
She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Phillip Pelletier, who decided earlier this year to retire and submitted his resignation effective March 30. He had served the county for 31 years and was elected property appraiser in 2010.
Ms. Pittman already had declared she would run for the office of property appraiser, and Mr. Pelletier asked in an open letter to the community announcing his retirement to support her. She has an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Palm Beach State College.
As of the close of the candidate filing period on Friday, June 22, she had drawn a Democratic opponent, Tony Aguilar of LaBelle.
Mr. Aguilar, 36, is a customer service clerk for Hendry County Tax Collector Pat Langford’s office, working ion the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles side on automobile title and driver’s license applications; he also handles concealed-carry weapon permits.