Saturday, June 23, 2018
Politics

Pasco County employee seeks state House seat

Ryan P. Boney once again is a candidate for public office.

Boney, 45, who announced, then rescinded, his candidacy for Pasco County Commission in January when he learned he would have to resign his new job in county government, is now running for the state House of Representatives. Boney, who lives in the Starkey Ranch development in Odessa, is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 37 seat held by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes. Corcoran cannot run again because of term limits.

Boney joined county government in November as safety and training officer for Pasco County Public Transportation. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2016 after a 26-year career. When he ended his one-day candidacy for the District 4 commission seat he said he may run for the state House instead. He did just that by filing his candidacy papers on Jan. 26 and announcing his campaign in an email Friday to the Tampa Bay Times.

He joins a crowded field of candidates, including minister and two-time political candidate Bill Gunter; Assistant State Attorney Elle Rudisill; and banker Ardian Zika, who has emerged as the front-runner with a sizeable list of campaign contributors and endorsements from a cadre of past and present Republican office-holders.

The Democratic candidates are Tammy Garcia of Land O’Lakes and Tyler Anthony Sambucci of New Port Richey.

House District 37 includes portions of west and central Pasco. It is bordered approximately by Little Road on the west and Ehren Cutoff in Land O’Lakes on the east. The candidate qualifying period is in June. The primary election is Aug. 28.

Reach C.T. Bowen at [email protected] or (813) 435-7306. Follow @CTBowen2

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