The top issues in the Zephyrhills City Council election on April 14 will be the upcoming year's budget and the services the city provides. In this race, former council member Lance Smith is running uncontested for Clyde Bracknell's seat, while incumbent Manny Funes is defending his spot from newcomer Carl Sullivan. Here is a quick informational breakdown for each candidate:
Occupation: Real estate broker and licensed contractor
Years in Zephyrhills: 46
Top issue: "Obviously, it's the budget. I want to work on what can make things easier on businesses that want to come into the city."
Occupation: Real estate agent
Years in Zephyrhills: Three, plus 26 in east Pasco
Top issue: "I'm concerned about property values going down as a result of the economy. With property and sales taxes going down and less money coming into the city, it's going to affect the services offered in Zephyrhills."
Occupation: Captain with the Temple Terrace Fire Department
Years in Zephyrhills: 12
Top issue: "My main issue is keeping the Fire Department intact. There's been talk about having the county take over."