Thursday, June 21, 2018
Politics

Pasco County Commission, District 2

County Commission | District 2

Ken Littlefield, Mike Moore and Bob Robertson are vying to succeed fellow Republican Pat Mulieri, who's stepping down from the commission after 20 years. The winner of the Aug. 26 Republican primary will take on Democrat Erika Remsberg in the Nov. 4 general election. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

 

Ken Littlefield, 70

 

Funeral home liaison

Mike Moore, 43

 

Small-business owner

Bob Robertson, 57

 

Financial planner

Experience A state lawmaker from 1999 to 2006, Littlefield was executive director of the Statewide Advocacy Council until July 2010. 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 ran for this commission seat in 2010, losing to Mulieri in the GOP primary. President of the Wesley Chapel Republican Club, Moore is well-connected politically, having raised far more funds for this campaign than his rivals. Moore is a business broker and owns Innovative Advisory Partners, which advises clients under the name VR Business Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions. Previously, he owned CareFirst Home Care, a company he sold in 2011. This is his first run for public office. Robertson is a financial planner with clients locally and in Baltimore, where he attended college. He serves on two county boards, the Library Advisory Board and the Restore Act Committee. He is also a recent graduate of the Pasco Citizens Academy. Until recently, he also served on the board of the Community Development District for Lake Bernadette (Zephyrhills), an elected position he had held since 2008.
Involvement Former member of the Zephyrhills, Dade City and Wesley Chapel chambers; United Way of Pasco; East Pasco Networking Group and Pasco 2nd Amendment Club. Served on the Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council; Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council; advisory council at Seven Oaks Elementary; North Tampa chamber member of the year in 2006; coach for Wesley Chapel Athletic Association. Board member for Samaritan Project; deacon at Chancey Road Christian Church; member of Zephyrhills Daybreak Rotary; class instructor for Junior Achievement; former board member of Alpha Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Why should voters choose you? I am experienced in policy-making and want to put those tools to work to promote and protect our quality of life in Pasco. My background in public relations, business management, the regulatory process and my community involvement have prepared me to serve as a commissioner. Pasco's future is bright and I love this community, but we need new leaders to bring fresh ideas to the commission and look toward the future. I will have an open-door policy and will welcome input from residents and will base decisions on what is in the best interests of our community. I've been self-employed for 25 years and have chaired several community boards. I was appointed to Pasco's Restore Act committee and to the Citizens Academy. I've served the homeless and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I've shown my passion for Pasco County by serving across Pasco County.
How would you create "a premier county"? I am committed to responsible growth management. A premier county provides fertile soil and a healthy investment climate. Economic growth and freedom are the best guarantees of a bright future for all of us. To be a "premier county" we need more secure, high-paying jobs in Pasco. We will then have resources to maintain and expand our roads and parks, keep our libraries open and provide the resources for our sheriff and fire rescue. Communities are planned across Pasco, but we need better jobs for residents here now. I would expand support to Pasco's Economic Development Council to bring jobs to close the wage gap between here and counties outside of Pasco.
Are you satisfied with the level of services at parks and libraries? With the economy improving, it is necessary to return to former levels of service. We need longer hours at libraries and to rid ourselves of park fees. These are worthy goals that need to be pursued vigorously. Though operating hours are shorter, the library system has made e-books available 24/7. Parks have suffered because of lost tax revenue due to the economy. Fees for youth sports should go to the parks generating the fee to offset maintenance. I serve on the Library Advisory Board. Moving forward with "Makerspace" and expanding it will help businesses interact with residents. I believe the proposed county budget addresses imminent needs at our parks.
How should road work be paid for? Would you increase gas taxes? I support funding the maintenance and improvement of roads. When negotiating revenue sources for that work, everything has to be on the table. I favor getting it done no matter what source of funds or combination of sources. I favor other options (than higher gas taxes). We need to look at reserves to identify projects on hold and whether those funds can be reallocated to maintenance. Also, rising property values will provide more funds for road maintenance. I would redirect revenue from the Real Estate Transfer Fund. I'm not thrilled with gas taxes, but prices vary more than 5 cents any given day. I'd also revamp paving assessments, adding new payment options to boost cash flow.
Personal Ken and Carole Littlefield have two daughters. Littlefield moved to Pasco 33 years ago. Mike and Lauren Moore have a son and two daughters. Moore has lived in Pasco seven years. Bob and Cynthia Robertson have two daughters. Robertson moved to Pasco nine years ago.
Website None mikemoore2014.com bobrobertson.us
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About the job: Although they represent specific districts, Pasco commissioners run for office countywide. Commission District 2 generally encompasses Land O' Lakes and Wesley Chapel and includes parts of U.S. 41, State Road 54 and State Road 52. Commissioners earn $84,242 a year.

 
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