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Sheriff White declines debate with challenger

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Sheriff White declines debate with challenger

Pasco Sheriff Bob White on Thursday answered an opponent's request to debate with an unequivocal "No." Robert Sullivan, a recently retired lieutenant who is challenging his former boss, sent a letter to White and the local media on Wednesday proposing three town-hall style debates ahead of the Aug. 26 Republican primary. The questions would come from members of the audience. White did not reply Wednesday, but said the next morning he didn't think such debates would be productive. White has raised nearly $140,000 to Sullivan's $10,000. He also has two Democratic challengers and another with no party affiliation. A debate, White said, is "a typical request of a candidate with no money and no support."

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Write-in candidate may close primary

A write-in candidate named John Taylor on Thursday joined the race for the Pasco County Commission seat held by Ted Schrader, a move that could mean that the election will be decided by only Republican voters. As of now, only two Republicans have qualified for the race. By state law, a primary is open to all voters if members of the same party are the only candidates. Taylor, if he qualifies by today's deadline, would close the GOP primary to all but Republican voters. But, as a write-in candidate, his name would not be on the ballot in the fall. Republican incumbent Schrader and rival John Nicolette have already qualified for the race in the east Pasco district. A third Republican, Gina King, faces today's deadline to make the ballot. No Democrats have qualified.

Correction

The name of the new Italian ice store in Wesley Chapel was incorrect in a story in Thursday's Pasco Times. The store is called Kups N Kones. The store, which also offers wraps and sandwiches, has no affiliation with any other ice cream store.

Pasco deaths

Allen, Walter A. "Bud"

Bennett, Alice Marjorie

Coty, Margaret

Kane, Francis Leon

Stamper, Mary Jane

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Sheriff White declines debate with challenger 06/19/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 26, 2008 5:08pm]
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