Starkey named chair of Pasco Commission
DADE CITY - Commissioner Kathryn Starkey assumed the chairmanship of the Pasco County Commission today, being elevated from vice chairman during the board’s annual reorganization.
Starkey is starting the final year of her four-year term. She has said she will seek re-election in 2016, but she has not yet filed her candidacy papers to open a campaign account and begin fund-raising.
It’s a familiar role for Starkey. She previously served as chairman of the Pasco School Board in 2007. Starkey resigned from the school board after six years to make an unsuccessful run for the state House of Representatives in 2010.
Tuesday morning, Commissioner Mike Moore nominated Starkey for chairman. Commissioner Mike Wells Jr. seconded the motion.
Commissioner Ted Schrader, the outgoing chairman, nominated Moore as vice chairman. It puts Moore, elected a year ago, in line to become chairman in November 2016. Again, Wells seconded the nomination.
Both votes were unanimous. All five board members are Republicans.