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'It All Starts with God,' Victorious Nocco Tells Supporters

The sheriff, appointed to the position about a year and a half ago, won Tuesday's election by a landslide.

The voters of Pasco County have spoken. And Sheriff Chris Nocco says their voices have been heard.

“People like that we’re tough on crime,” Nocco told the large crowd gathered at the Verizon building in New Port Richey Tuesday night.

The evening started as a night of support, but quickly turned to a victory party as results came in shortly after early results started coming in, showing the sheriff with a hefty lead over challenger Kim Bogart.

“It all starts with God,” Nocco said, thanking his supporters, volunteers, deputies, family, and especially his wife, Bridgette.

Sen. Mike Fasano told the many volunteers who campaigned for Nocco that they could take the day off tomorrow.

And the newly elected sheriff had a special message for a group of people not in attendance at Tuesday’s gathering.

“If you’re a criminal in Pasco County… you better run,” he said.

“It's an exciting victory for our agency, “ Nocco said later. “It shows our citizens stand behind us.”

The first order of business now is to get feedback from deputies and staff to find out how the agency can further improve and keep building on what’s already been accomplished, Nocco said.

Still, no matter how great tonight’s victory is, Nocco said, he won’t sleep any easier tonight just because the election is over.

“The Blackberry is always on,” Nocco said.  “We have deputies still out there protecting our citizens.”

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Supporters were elated with the victory.

Retired captain Joe Frontz was “very excited,” he said. 

“I don’t have a dog in the hunt anymore,” but in the 24 years he was with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, he never saw morale higher than what it has been under Nocco, he said.

"He has the enthusiasm and the creativity to lead this agency," Frontz said. "He's made a significant impact."

Campaign volunteer Rene Van Hout was asked to cut the cake, “an honor” she said brought tears to her eyes.

“Chris Nocco is not the only winner, Pasco County is. We win as one,” she said.

Van Hout said she is one of the few volunteers who is not a deputy or staff member—“one of the few with nothing to gain” personally for her efforts.

But now, she has a band of brothers, Van Hout said.

Mike Chubre November 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Carla The last time I checked, the Catholic church spent millions of dollars on their abuse cases . Not alot differant than politices !!!!
Kathleen November 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Mary Ann -- Spew anger & hate? Are you kidding me??? There is not a hateful bone in my body. Because I speak my feelings about what I believe - namely that God belongs in our society - you call it spewing anger and hate. I'm so sad you feel that way. Please know, as I pray for all of our misguided citizens, you will definitely be included. As for Obama being in office - well I believe he is there because God gave us all the responsibility/duty/ability to exercise our own free will. I pray for Obama as well. I will go to church to pray, but I also pray right here at home or in my car or on the streets -- God really is everywhere! I will pray you find room in your heart for Him. Christians don't require you to agree with us - but we will never agree with the works of the evil. Now, back into your happy little corner of the world where you can compose your next pontification and chastise all of us Christians.
Lori November 09, 2012 at 07:36 AM
I believe this is a country of free speech and everyones right to have faith if that's what they choose. Sheriff Nocco happens to have his faith, as I do and shouldn't be condemned for it by sore losers. Pasco voted and our voices were heard! Congratulations Chris Nocco on your victory and your faith! You will bring our county a long way, only thing I would like to see is meetings at other clubhouses other than Beacon Woods and Beacon Square.Thanks to you, and your team for your hard work and dedication to making Pasco a better place to live.
Samuel Clemens November 11, 2012 at 06:47 AM
I always want to be shown where the "Separation of Church and State" is located but I've yet to see it. Does anybody have access to that letter Thomas Jefferson wrote? You know, the one time the phrase was uttered/written by the "founders."
Samuel Clemens November 11, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Lori, go drive North on 1-75 and call me when you get to NY. No need to get my number because you will never arrive there with your directions. If you are going to send the damn yankee home, at least provide a correct route!

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