Democrat drops Pasco commission bid for rival
Democrat Lance Shortt is quitting the race for County Commission in west Pasco's District 5. His departure would allow rival Democrat Ginny Miller, a former New Port Richey city council member, to avoid a fight in the August primary. She wants to unseat Republican incumbent Jack Mariano.
Shortt hadn't raised a dime through the spring, and some Democratic leaders wanted to allow Miller to save money before the general election. Read Shortt's statement to the St. Petersburg Times below.
"In response to your inquiry, Ms. Miller and I have spoken and we share many of the same priorities as well concerns that face Pasco County and its citizens. Besides a declining budget due to depreciating housing values, other areas include growth management, public transportation, re-cycling, parks, libraries, natural resources, i.e. drinking water. We are also on the same page for long term strategic planning that will allow for economic growth and stability as well as maintaining the level of service and quality of life that we as citizens have come to expect.
"I will be helping Ms. Miller wherever possible so that she will win against who ever her opponents may be in the general election and hopefully get the county commission pointed in the right direction to make the tough choices that are in the best interest of the citizens.
"As for myself, there will be plenty of opportunities in the future."