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Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning endorses Bill Gunter for Fasano seat



Pasco Superintendent of Schools Kurt S. Browning says he’s backing Bill Gunter, the Republican minister trying to replace Mike Fasano in the State House.

In a statement Thursday by the Gunter campaign, Browning said Gunter will fight “to make sure the children of Pasco County have the resources they need and the opportunities they deserve to succeed.”

Browning is also a former superintendent of elections and secretary of state.

Gunter’s announcement comes a day after Democratic leaders announced a candidate, Amanda Murphy.

Gunter, pastor of Redeemer Community Church in New Port Richey, is one of three Republicans vying to succeed Fasano, the former representative for House District 36. Fasano stepped down Aug. 7 to become Pasco’s tax collector. A special primary election is set for Sept. 17 and general election for Oct. 15.

Also running are Republicans Jim Mathieu, chairman of the Pasco County GOP; political newcomer Jeromy Harding; and Richard Sikes, who has no party affiliation.

Gunter was endorsed earlier this week by Pasco Commissioner Kathryn Starkey and previously endorsed by House Speaker Will Weatherford.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:14pm]


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