Debbie Wells files for Pasco Commission seat
Debbie Wells, the former wife of retiring Pasco Property Appraiser Mike Wells, has filed as a Republican candidate for the County Commission District 1 seat held by Commission Chairman Ted Schrader.
Schrader, a four-term incumbent, previously announced he would forgo re-election and instead run for property appraiser.
Debbie Wells, 65, is making her first run for public office. She recently purchased a home in Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, where she and Wells Sr. lived together before their divorce 10 months ago. She is director of sales for Meritage Homes, Tampa Division, and previously said her business acumen and background in the growth and home-building industries would serve her well as a candidate.
She joins Rachel O’Conner, a 30-year-old substitute teacher from Wesley Chapel, as announced GOP candidates. O’Conner finished a close third in three-way race against Schrader and businessman Ron Oakley in the 2012 winner-take-all Republican primary for the commission seat.
O’Conner’s recent campaign finance reports show she has collected three contributions since beginning her candidacy in September – $250 from a family member and a combined $1,000 from Holiday-based Spring Engineering and Spring Development. The companies, owned by Richard Bekesh, are frequent campaign contributors in Pasco County races, donating a combined $20,000 to candidates since 2006.