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Pasco County Commission, District 2 candidates

County Commission | District 2

Former state legislator Ken Littlefield has decided to take on incumbent Pat Mulieri in the GOP primary, a challenge that even he acknowledges has a "less than a 50 percent chance." The winner faces no-party candidate Clay Colson in November.

About the job: District 2 covers the central section of Pasco County, from rural Shady Hills to high-growth Wesley Chapel. Commissioners are elected countywide but must live in the district they represent. They set policy on spending, zoning and infrastructure improvements such as roads. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $80,608.

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Ken Littlefield

Wesley Chapel
R Pat Mulieri

Land O'Lakes
A state legislator from 1999 to 2006, Littlefield, 66, was the executive director of the Statewide Advocacy Council until July 1. He was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve on the Public Service Commission, but Gov. Charlie Crist removed him in 2007, saying he wanted a more pro-consumer voice. Crist then gave Littlefield the advocacy position. He has served on the boards of various chambers of commerce. Experience The retired English professor at Pasco-Hernando Community College is seeking her fifth term on the County Commission. Before she first ran for office in 1994, Mulieri, 72, was a civic activist who successfully fought a medical waste incinerator. She serves on a number of civic boards, mainly with ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Central Bible College, Springfield, Mo.; bachelor's in biblical studies/world history, 1967 Education Associate's degree from Farmingdale University; bachelor's from State University of New York; master's in education from Hofstra University; Nova University.
"There are certainly a lot of environmental concerns about this project. Having said that, I do believe that those concerns can be addressed and we can move ahead." Position on the long-planned Ridge Road extension "Another (evacuation) route is needed; however at this time it appears that we are pouring money down a black hole." Says she supports the road but because of delays "I do not believe it will be built."
"Personnel ranks will have to be evaluated and cut back. Services will also have to be cut back to sustainable levels. Projects will have to be re-evaluated in light of current conditions." How do you propose balancing the county budget amid projected shortfalls? Supports user fees for parks and recreation. Wants to move more services online to cut costs.
Opposes the softball/baseball field complex. Says the tourist tax money should be spent on something unique. "I think the spirit is being violated, the spirit in which the tax was sold." Position on the proposed sports complex aimed at attracting tournaments Supports the sports complex and thinks more can be done with lacrosse fields in Wesley Chapel. Wanted to raise the tourist tax by a penny.
"Concern for Pasco and the belief that I'm a better candidate … the ability to make decisions based on facts rather than emotions or politics." Cites his business and legislative experience. Why are you running? Says she's proud of the new effort to make the county more business-friendly; future development in Wesley Chapel; a new way of doing the budgets. "The board has done a number of exciting things. I'd like to see it all come together."
Home, condo, retirement fund, money market Assets Home, rental home, three mobile homes
Two mortgages, two car loans, co-signed grandson's student loan. Liabilities None
Salary from position as executive director of Statewide Advocacy Council (2007-10). Income Commission salary, retirement, Social Security, credit union, rental income.
He lives in Wesley Chapel with wife, Carole Anne. They have two daughters. Personal She lives in Gowers Corner with husband James. She has two daughters.
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Pasco County Commission, District 2 candidates 08/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 2:59pm]
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