Starkey seeks second term on Pasco commission
Incumbent Pasco Commissioner Kathryn Starkey formalized her re-election candidacy Thursday, filing pre-qualifying papers to seek a second four-year term.
“Through the years, my focus has always been to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our county,’’ Starkey said in a released statement. “I plan to continue the work I have begun.’’
Specifically, Starkey, 58, said she wanted to focus on local business development, improving aging neighborhoods, bolstering public safety and creating a diversified and skilled workforce.
During her time on the commission, Starkey also has focued on expanding the county's network of bicycle trails, and on aesthetic issues like highway landscaping and commercial sign controls.Starkey's family is involved in the 5,000-home, 2,485-acre Starkey Ranch development north of State Road 54 in Odessa.
A former Pasco school board member, Starkey finished first in a five-person Republican primary for the District 3 commission seat in 2012. She won the general election with 58.5 percent of the vote over Democrat Matt Murphy, husband of now-state Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey.
This year she is opposed by Democrat Barry C. Horvath, a west Pasco businessman, who announced his candidacy last week.