Former Hernando Commissioner charged with running a brothel wants his old job back

In February of 2019, Nicholson wrote a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis that said he will not seek reinstatement to the board.

click to enlarge Former Hernando Commissioner charged with running a brothel wants his old job back
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In 2018 former Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson was suspended by then-Gov. Rick Scott and resigned his seat after being arrested on charges of prostitution for allegedly running a brothel out of his Spring Hill home―on Monday he filed to run again for the District 1 commission seat.

Nicholson wrote in a statement to Bay News 9 that he is ready to “be the voice of the citizens of my beloved county.”

“For six years I served as your District 1 Hernando County Commissioner,” he wrote. “They were six of the happiest years of my life. But then for personal reasons (which have been resolved) I chose to resign so that I was not distracted from doing my job as your county commissioner.”

With Nicholson entering the race for the district one seat, there are now four Republican candidates including Joe Swilley, Mark Johnson and Beth Narverud. The single Democratic Candidate Isaiah Haddon, 20, most recently planned the peace walk that occurred in downtown Brooksville on June 5. 

In 2018, Nicholson embarrassed Hernando Countyas the details of the relationship he had with Valerie Surrette, who he met at Icons Gentlemen’s Club, her husband and others were revealed through an investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department. 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Kendel Surette said he and his wife, Valerie Surrette, had lived at the Nicholsons’ house for six months, and that he provided housing, food and money for drug treatment in exchange for having sex with Valerie Surette. Allegedly, Valarie Surette also sold sex with other customers from the Hernando County strip club, “which she performed in their cars in Nicholson's driveway and in the garage.”

Valerie Surette also said Nicholson made her his sex slave,” and “frequently discussed county business,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

This was the second time that Nicholson’s relationship with a stripper made headlines. The first was in 2012 when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated Nicholson for a relationship with another stripper, Kimberly Losurdo, who was found guilty of child neglect with great bodily harm after a child in her care ate a piece of crack cocaine. Nicholson allegedly had sex with Losurado in addition to giving her money and food, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

In light of Nicholson’s recent refiling, fellow candidates running for the district one seat made statements. 

“I don’t think he’s a good choice to help our county move forward," said Commission Candidate Beth Narverud to Bay News 9. "My focus is definitely on the people of this county, not myself, and I think that makes a big, big difference.” 

Fellow Candidate the Joe Swilley, who most recently administrated a Facebook group with racist and homicidal posts told Bay News 9, “He has every right lawfully to do this, but morally I think he should re-think it and drop back out of the race and put his money back in his pocket.” 

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Christopher Cann

Christopher is a current journalism student at the University of Florida. His past work can be seen at Ears to Feed, The Independent Florida Alligator and Cigar City Management. 

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