Fourth candidate joins Pasco Commission race
Dimitri A. Delgado, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander, and currently teaching U.S. Navy JROTC students at Pasco High School, is joining the field of candidates seeking to become the District 5 Pasco County commissioner.
Delgado, 51, filed his candidacy papers Friday and earlier announced his intentions to seek public office on Facebook. He is running as a non-partisan candidate. If he qualifies, he will face the winner of the Aug. 30 Republican primary among Rachel O’Connor, Ronald Oakley and Debbie Wells. No candidate from Democratic Party has filed for the seat based in east Pasco.
O’Connor and Oakley both ran in 2012, losing to incumbent Commissiner Ted Schrader who is not seeking re-election to the commission.That winner-take-all primary four years ago helped motivate Delgado to run this time because, he said, the countywide office should be determined on the November ballot when turnout is at its highest.
Delgado, who moved to the Dade City area two years ago, described himself as a conservative independent.
“With what’s going on in the presidential race right now, I think a lot of Americans are being non-party affiliated and I think being an American is the most accurate way to describe me,’’ he said.
He said job creation would be his top platform plank, particularly after watching the choices graduating seniors faced leaving high school.
“I had 20 seniors and two went to community college and 18 went to the military,’’ he said. “I think Pasco County deserves more choices for their kids than McDonald’s, Burger King or Afghanistan.’’