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Pasco County Commission District 5: Jack Mariano vs. Bill Gunter

County Commission District 5

Commissioner Jack Mariano faces a tough race for a third term. Challenger Bill Gunter said he has the support of developers and other business owners, while Mariano questions if his opponent has enough experience. The winner will be decided in this primary, which is open to all voters. Lee Logan, Times Staff Writer

Bill Gunter, 42


Jack Mariano, 52

County commissioner

Republican Party Republican
Gunter has been the pastor of Redeemer Community Church, formerly known as River Ridge Presbyterian Church, for 10 years. Before that, he worked at a church near Dallas for two years and was an insurance claims adjuster. He grew up in Bradenton and played defensive end for the Florida Gators from 1989-93. Experience Mariano was first elected to the County Commission in 2004. He
is a former car salesman who now does community outreach for
Ed Morse Auto Plaza. He grew up in Concord, Mass. He is involved in civic groups such as Rotary and Take Stock in Children. As commissioner, he has been involved in the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida; master's of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Education Bachelor's degree
in economics from Framingham State
Gunter said he would work with state legislators to redevelop West Pasco. He also wants to streamline regulation to make the county a more inviting place to open new businesses. How would you grow Pasco's economy beyond home building and
service industries?
Mariano points to the mobility fee program, which subsidizes office and industrial projects. He also voted to eliminate transportation studies for such projects.
Yes. Gunter said he wants to learn more about how the tax would be spent. Do you support extending the Penny for Pasco sales tax? Yes. Mariano said many citizens support the renewal because the county and School Board "have done what we said we're going
to do."
Yes. He supports the portion that lowers fees for office projects. But he said he is concerned "it directs growth away from undeveloped areas and toward urban
service areas."
Do you support the mobility fees that charge lower costs in urban areas to attract growth there? Yes. Mariano says the idea has been praised by planners across Florida. He notes that office and industrial projects in urban areas don't have to pay any fees. He calls the fees "the best economic development plan we have ever had."
Yes. Gunter said he would try to lower the fees or eliminate them if the economy improves and property values increase. He would oppose raising taxes to offset the fees. Do you support the new parking and youth sports fees at many of Pasco's parks? He has been a staunch critic of the fees since they were enacted in 2010. He said the fees break a promise from the 1980s when voters passed a bond to build parks. "I don't think you should be taxing the things you want to encourage."
Home, retirement, vehicles and a boat. Assets Two homes, checking and savings.
Mortgage, auto loans. Liabilities Mortgages, home equity loan, credit cards.
Income from church. Income Commission salary, Ed Morse salary, rental income.
Lives in New Port Richey with his wife, Heather. They have two children. Personal Lives in Hudson with his wife, Michelle. They have two daughters.

About the job: District 5 covers northwest Pasco, including Hudson, Shady Hills, the Embassy area and a slice of New Port Richey. 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 earn $81,141 a year.

Pasco County Commission District 5: Jack Mariano vs. Bill Gunter

Pasco County Commission District 5: Jack Mariano vs. Bill Gunter 07/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 28, 2012 6:27pm]
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