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County Commission | District 3

After winning big in a five-way Republican primary, Kathryn Starkey now takes on the lone Democrat running for commission this year, Matt Murphy. The two face off for a rare open seat after seven-term Commissioner Ann Hildebrand decided to retire. Lee Logan, Times staff writer

Matt Murphy, 42

Utility contractor

Kathryn Starkey, 55

Former School Board member

Murphy grew up in Pasco and works as a project manager for UtilX Corp., which installs infrastructure for utility companies and local governments. He served seven years in the Air Force as a civil engineer. He is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Pasco, served on the Penny for Pasco oversight committee and also served four years as a Democratic state committeeman.Experience Starkey was elected to the Pasco County School Board in 2004 and served until 2010. She resigned for an unsuccessful state House bid. She is an adviser to the business development firm Old Port Capital. She founded Scenic Pasco and has received several gubernatorial appointments, including a spot on a basin board under the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Associate's degree from the Community College of the Air Force; bachelor's degree from the University of PhoenixEducationAttended school overseas and attended Florida State University
Murphy supports incentives and building infrastructure for future business sites. He also wants to make Pasco a "friendlier place to do business" and would seek advice from venture capitalists about how to lure businesses.How would you help grow Pasco's economy beyond home building and service industries?Starkey supports incentives, such as those used to lure T. Rowe Price and Raymond James. She also supports expanding Pasco's trail network. She wants to help the school district promote career academies.
Yes. Murphy says without the tax, there would be a major gap in financing for needed road improvements. He also supports the portion set aside for economic development.Do you support extending the Penny for Pasco sales tax?Yes. Starkey says a group set up by the school district helped convert many critics to supporters because of close accounting of how the money was spent.
Murphy supports the road as a needed transportation corridor. To assuage environmental concerns, he says, the county should "spend the money, do the right thing and elevate it" through the Serenova Preserve.Should the county continue to pursue a federal permit for the Ridge Road extension?"I support Ridge Road. Surely we have the brains to figure out how to build a road that allows critters to move back and forth safely. The cost to widen (State Road) 54 or double-deck it will be HUGE."
Murphy supports the fees but says they should be lowered "until the economy recovers." But he acknowledges that eliminating the fee isn't going to "cause anybody to build houses right now."Do you support or oppose school impact fees?"I support impact fees for schools until the state figures out another way to pay for education (construction). However, they should be equal to our surrounding counties."
Home, retirement, car, two timeshares, prepaid college plansAssetsInterest in family trust, home, personal watercraft, retirement and savings.
Mortgage, car loanLiabilitiesTwo loans
Utility contractor salaryIncomeNone listed
Lives in New Port Richey with his wife, Amanda; three childrenPersonalLives in Odessa with her husband, Trey; four children

About the job: District 3 covers a slice of southern Pasco, from Gulf Harbors south of State Road 54 to just short of the Shops at Wiregrass. 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 $81,141 a year.

Pasco County Commission District 3: Matt Murphy (D), Kathryn Starkey (R)

After winning big in a five-way Republican primary, Kathryn Starkey now takes on the lone Democrat running for commission this year, Matt Murphy. The two face off for a rare open seat after seven-term Commissioner Ann Hildebrand decided to retire.

Pasco County Commission District 3: Matt Murphy (D), Kathryn Starkey (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:14am]
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