Wells Sr. backs Schrader for property appraiser
County Commissioner Ted Schrader picked up a key endorsement Tuesday in his bid to become Pasco's next property appraiser -- the backing of retiring Property Appraiser Mike Wells Sr.
In a statement released by Schrader, Wells called the commissioner "uniquely qualified" to succeed him. Schrader, a four-term county commissioner faces Randy Evans of Trinity in the Aug. 30 Republican primary.
In announcing his candidacy last week, Evans cited the previous words of Wells that "it was time for new blood'' in the Property Appraiser's Office. Wells, who is retiring after 20 years as appraiser, replied by backing Schrader publicly.
"Ted was born and raised in Pasco County," Wells said. "He knows the people; he knows the process, and he knows the players in Pasco County government. I feel confident leaving the Property Appraiser's Office in his hands. He will serve the people of Pasco County well."
Wells also cited Schrader's 15 years of experience, including seven years as chairman, serving on the county's Value Adjustment Board. That panel hears petitions contesting the Pasco County Property Appraiser's decisions regarding property values, exemptions or classifications. Wells also based his support on Schrader's 16-year tenure as a county commissioner, his six years as a member of the San Antonio City Council and his service as the county commission's liaison to Tampa Bay Water and the Pasco Economic Development Council.
He said Schrader's outstanding leadership skills and calm demeanor give him the ability to work with diverse community groups seeking to improve the quality of life in Pasco.
"His temperament is ideal for the job," Wells said.
Schrader said he was humbled by Wells' endorsement.
"I am honored that a man of Mike Wells' stature would place his trust in me to assume leadership of the fine office he worked so hard with his staff to build over the past 20 years," he said. "As a county commissioner and a property appraiser, Mike Wells has played a huge role in making Pasco County the wonderful place that it is today. I am proud to have his support."