New Port Richey
Marlowe: Time right to run for mayor
Former Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe is making a bid to become New Port Richey's next mayor.
Marlowe, 59, said after a year off from serving on the New Port Richey City Council he is ready for politics again.
"The timing seemed right," he said.
Marlowe served on the council for six years, three as deputy mayor. He said he took a year off to focus on his downtown computer networking business and his family. Now he wants to concentrate on making the city an economic force in Pasco, he said.
"This is a great place to own a business," he said. "We just need to get the word out."
Marlowe said if elected, he wants to focus on getting the historic Hacienda Hotel developed, filling storefronts downtown, and redeveloping the Grand/Marine District where the mostly vacant Community Hospital sits.
The mayor's seat, currently held by Bob Consalvo, is the only council position up for grabs in the April 8 election. Qualifying ends Feb. 18.