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Governmental Affairs


The Government Affairs committee of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is committed to researching, developing, and advocating on issues that promote a positive, pro-active economic environment conducive to the needs of our community. It actively develops and promotes policy positions on critical issues impacting local businesses.

The Chamber believes that laws and regulations should serve the public without acting as a detriment to business development and growth.

Government Affairs Committee Legislative Days
Legislative Days 22

Goals of Committee:

  • Maintain awareness of critical issues
  • Meet with regularity and stay actively engaged
  • Develop and promote legislative priorities; and communicate with decision makers
  • Keep local businesses informed on the issues
Government Affairs Committee
Leg Priorities Present BOCC


John Murphy
Citrus County Chronicle

Carl Flanagan
Financial Services Representative

Robb Auber
Teleiman, LLC

Kevin Cunningham
Re/MAX Realty One

Gary Mock
RMC(SW) USN Retired

Ardath Prendergast
Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

Don Taylor

Rob Wardlow
Wardlow & Cash, P.A.

Debbie Reilly
Citrus County Library System

Josh Wooten
Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

Jim Green
SCORE Nature Coast

Carol Kimbrough
Crystal River Mainstreet

Lindsay Platz
Insight Credit Union

Cregg Dalton
Citrus County Property Appraiser

Harold Walker
Citrus Construction Academy

Tom Ryan
Central Ridge Insurers

Stacey Worthington
Worthington A/C & Heating

Marci Olinger
Tampa General Hospital

Candidate Forum - Sherriff 2020

The 2021 virtual Sheriff Candidate forum was hosted by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce.

Insurance Special Session

Chamber President/CEO, Josh Wooten and VP/BRE, Ardath Prendergast talk with The Florida Chamber President, Mark Wilson, to discuss the 2022 Legislative Special Session on Homeowner's Insurance.

Governmental Affairs Meeting

Chamber Governmental Affairs committee meeting with Florida State Representative, Dr. Ralph Massullo.

2024 Primary Candidate Forums

The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce hosts a primary candidate forum luncheon each election season. The forum offers a unique opportunity for candidates to engage with a diverse audience of chamber member voters to articulate their vision, discuss their platform, and connect directly with constituents.

2024 Legislative Priorities

Each year, the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee develops a set of priorities and key issues that we use to advocate to the state legislature on behalf of our businesses and community.  The priorities are developed through surveys of Chamber members concerning issues that are of importance to them.

Additionally, the Chamber works closely with the County, Cities of Crystal River and Inverness, and other community partners to support and incorporate their priorities where they may intersect with those of our members.

Note: The annual list of Legislative Priorities and Key Issues is a living document that may be updated as the 2024 legislative session commences.

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