Saturday, April 21, 2018
Politics

Financial planner and business broker make bids for Pasco commission

Two political newcomers are vying to replace outgoing Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri.

Business broker Michael Moore and financial planner Bob Robertson, both Republicans, have filed to replace the District 2 commissioner, who declined to run next year after 18 years in office.

Robertson filed election papers a couple of weeks ago. Moore filed Monday. Neither candidate is widely experienced in seeking office, although Moore, 42, might have an edge with Republican contacts, including at the state level.

He became president of Wesley Chapel's Republican club three years ago and in February was appointed by House Speaker Will Weatherford to the state Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council. He ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for Mosquito Control Board, losing to Matthew "Skeeter" Abbott.

Robertson, 56, chairs the Lake Bernadette Community Development District and in March was appointed to Pasco's Restore Act Advisory Committee to oversee restoration funds stemming from the 2010 BP oil disaster.

Both said they would push economic development if elected, but they differed in how they would lure jobs and grow the county's economy.

Robertson, a longtime community and church volunteer, suggested using public-private partnerships and backs development of the SunWest mine in Aripeka. He also suggested partnering with nonprofits to aid struggling families and youth.

"We need to be working proactively, developing as many public-private partnerships as possible," he said.

Moore said he wants to revamp the county's permitting office to aid businesses and developers considering an expansion or move to Pasco. He said he would meet personally with CEOs to bring business to the county.

"We need to have something to offer. We need to offer better incentives," he said. "It takes way too long to get a permit. We can change that. We just need to get the right people in there."

The primary is set for Aug. 26, 2014.

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