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Valerie Hanchar  
City Council
Title: Councilwoman
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Valerie HancharValerie Porter-Hanchar

Term Expires:  November 2018

Councilwoman Hanchar was elected and sworn into office on November 14, 2016 to seat number 4 to complete the term previously held by Mayor Walter Green.  She serves as the City Council Liaison to the Transportation Planning Organization and as an Alternate Liaison to the Tourist Development Council.

She is a 3rd generation Dunnellonite and a graduate from Citrus High School.  Councilwoman Hanchar began her real estate career in 1991 and co-founded one of the oldest real estate firms in Dunnellon.  She is currently a Broker - Associate with Edgewater Realty.

She is a former Dunnellon City Councilwoman serving from 1998 to 2002 and served as Vice Mayor from 2000 until 2002.  Councilwoman Hanchar has served on various Marion County boards and is a former Junior League of Ocala member and president.  She is a lifelong member of the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church where she is an elder.

Councilwoman Hanchar and her husband Donald have been married 19 years and have two children.  She is a avid equestrian and cherishes the Rainbow River considering herself a "River Rat".  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and traveling when time permits.

Councilwoman Hanchar has expressed her goal as a councilmember is to honor those who have served before her and to be a guardian of her hometown, protecting the heritage, river and Dunnellon way of life. 

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