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Democrat to run for Pasco Commission



A social worker who helps homeless students in Pasco public schools has filed to run for Pasco County Commission to replace outgoing Commissioner Pat Mulieri, who is retiring this year.
Erika Remsberg, 42, of Land O’ Lakes, filed last week as the only Democrat in the race.
Meanwhile, three Republicans are vying for the District 2 commission seat that Mulieri, a former educator, is vacating after nearly 20 years. The district stretches across the heart of Pasco and includes parts of Land O’Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.
“I want to bring people together to solve problems,” said Remsberg, who became a social worker after volunteering at a suicide prevention hotline in her early 20s.
She attended SUNY Empire State College and earned her master’s degree in social work from New York University.
Remsberg is the liaison for the school district’s Students in Transition program, which tries to help homeless students excel in school. She’s been a social worker for 20 years.
Remsberg also serves as a board member for the Parent Teacher Organization at her son’s school, Pine View Elementary, 5333 Parkway Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, and as an assistant coach for his basketball team. She has a daughter, as well. Her husband, Phil, works as a software engineer in St. Petersburg.
If elected, she said she would bring community groups, businesses and other organizations together to tackle quality-of-life issues, including unemployment.
“We’re not doing enough to build our workforce,” she said. “We can’t just have a linear approach where we need to bring more businesses to Pasco.”
Remsberg would challenge the winner of the Republican primary in August. The general election is set for Nov. 4.
Running on the GOP side are: former state Rep. Ken Littlefield; Mike Moore, president of the Wesley Chapel Republican Club; and Bob Robertson, a financial planner who serves on Pasco’s Restore Act Advisory Committee.

[Last modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 9:44pm]


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