What makes Nancy “Firecracker” Makar different from other 2018 candidates in Hernando County?


Nancy Makar wants you to feel empowered to speak up to your local representatives. She believes County Commissioners should be ACCESSIBLE, LISTEN FIRST, and strive to make understanding local government EASIER.

Nancy Makar knows how to help people feel heard. She is a veteran listener, with over 30 years experience in the mental health field. It is that unique talent that inspired her to run for office for the first time.


Nancy says, “I decided to run for the BOCC because we need to create a path for a happier, healthier Hernando. We will only do this through more cooperation and more effective listening. I’ve spent my life honing those skills and believe they are critical at this moment in our community’s growth.”


What do Makar Backers stand for?

Nancy Makar and her backers want cooperation, accountability, and teamwork in Hernando County. These core values are the key to creating a happier, healthier Hernando. Our team is focused on these core issues:

Cooperation between the Board of County Commissioners and Hernando County School Board. We must ensure a quality and enriching educational experiences for children and families. Makar knows first-hand the challenges we face. She is a veteran of Hernando County School systems. Makar knows that our schools will only succeed if the whole community works together. The BOCC, School Board, community leaders, educators, and families must collaborate effectively for our students to thrive.

The pairing of economic growth with fiscal responsibility. Growth in our county often comes at the expense of the average family or county employee. We need higher paying jobs. We must pay closer attention to our budget. The BOCC must insist on infrastructure improvement that keeps pace with business and residential development.

Local funding and awareness partnership for mental health and substance abuse issues. In partnership with NAMI, Makar wants to help create greater awareness and less stigma around mental illness. Thriving communities support those who are struggling to heal. This is especially important for our veterans, youth, and families.

Protection of the Weeki Wachee River and other environmental resources. Our waterways, underground aquifer, and green spaces are critical to making our community a healthy place to live. If we are serious about healthy growth, we must keep our natural resources intact.


Who is Nancy Makar?

Makar began her life in Louisiana, but today considers herself a true “Cracker Makar”. Makar has deep roots in Hernando County, as both a small business owner and a resident. She’s called Florida home for 44 years.

Makar graduated from Florida State University in 1976. She began her career as a teacher in Pasco County. Makar earned a Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida in 1989. While studying, Makar worked with The Hernando County School Board as a school social worker.

Makar has vast experience as a small business owner in Hernando and Pasco counties. She started two successful companies in Pasco. Then, in 1991, Makar opened Pathways Counseling Center. Today, Pathways employs 14 therapists and staff members in Spring Hill. She has two adult children, both graduates of local high schools. Makar has been active in the Hernando County community since the early 1980s. Today, she has five biological grandchildren and a “bonus” family of four. All her children and grandchildren live in Florida.


Makar committed to many Hernando County causes over the years. Over the past 27 years, she’s worked with organizations such as:

  • NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Health)

  • Angelus House

  • Toys for Tots

  • The Humane Society of the Nature Coast

  • The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce

  • The steering committee for the Kass Circle Revitalization Project

  • The steering committee for the Dawn Center

  • Patriot Guard Riders.

She is a strong supporter of the outdoors and the arts. She is a member of the Spring Hill Garden Club and the Spring Hill Art League.



I’m a Hernando County resident, why should I contribute to Nancy Makar’s campaign?

When you contribute to Nancy Makar’s campaign, you are saying you believe in a simple equation:


Effective Listening + Better Planning = A happier, healthier Hernando

When you become a Makar Backer you are taking a stand for the families and small businesses of Hernando County.


You’re saying you are tired of candidates who don’t listen to you.

You’re tired of feeling left out by our county’s development.

And, you’re ready to see positive changes in our community.

Makar Backers believe in people before special interest. Small business before big industry. And, equal opportunity for all our county’s families.

This campaign is a grassroots effort. Your donation of $5 or more says that you believe that we need a County Commissioner who takes her cue from the people, not special interest.

Nancy “Firecracker” Makar is the candidate who listens to YOU!


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “She is intelligent, a people person, and takes on any challenge. She's personable and will get things done. I'm proud to be a Makar Backer!”

  • endorsed

    “Nancy will persist! I would love for her to run in Pasco County. She is fair and kind. Run, Nancy, run!”

  • endorsed

    “Nancy is one in a million-I know because I've tried 999,999 counselors! Just kidding! I've had the pleasure of knowing Nancy many years. I was one of her students. She is intelligent, calm but speaks what's on her mind. She's a fighter for the things and people she believes in! She can identify with most people and has great understanding and direction. Nancy knows the problems this county faces and if any one can bring those problems to light and resolve them-it is Nancy Makar. She's the only choice for Hernando County!”

  • endorsed

    “She is a very intelligent and compassionate human being. I had the hinor to work at Pathways for 10 fruitful years.”

  • endorsed

    “Nancy is a dedicated, compassionate and brilliant woman! She has always had a heart for others. A fantastic mother, grandmother and friend, Nancy Makar will better the lives of Hernando County residents with her passion and desire to help others.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Nancy Makar for almost 30 years. She is honest, fair and objective. Great qualities for a County Commissioner. Nancy cares about people and their needs. She really listens and works hard to find realistic solutions to problems. Nancy is an independent thinker and will serve and support our county without political bias or favoritism. Other than my husband, there is no one I trust or respect more.”

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “She is intelligent, a people person, and takes on any challenge. She's personable and will get things done. I'm proud to be a Makar Backer!”

  • endorsed

    “Nancy will persist! I would love for her to run in Pasco County. She is fair and kind. Run, Nancy, run!”

  • endorsed

    “Nancy is one in a million-I know because I've tried 999,999 counselors! Just kidding! I've had the pleasure of knowing Nancy many years. I was one of her students. She is intelligent, calm but speaks what's on her mind. She's a fighter for the things and people she believes in! She can identify with most people and has great understanding and direction. Nancy knows the problems this county faces and if any one can bring those problems to light and resolve them-it is Nancy Makar. She's the only choice for Hernando County!”

  • endorsed

    “She is a very intelligent and compassionate human being. I had the hinor to work at Pathways for 10 fruitful years.”

  • endorsed

    “Nancy is a dedicated, compassionate and brilliant woman! She has always had a heart for others. A fantastic mother, grandmother and friend, Nancy Makar will better the lives of Hernando County residents with her passion and desire to help others.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Nancy Makar for almost 30 years. She is honest, fair and objective. Great qualities for a County Commissioner. Nancy cares about people and their needs. She really listens and works hard to find realistic solutions to problems. Nancy is an independent thinker and will serve and support our county without political bias or favoritism. Other than my husband, there is no one I trust or respect more.”