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Pasco County Commission, District 4

County Commission | District 4

Four years ago, Henry Wilson surprised many when he toppled incumbent Michael Cox after just one term. Now Wilson faces a challenge from his own party in Mike Wells, the son of Mike Wells Sr., a former county commissioner who has served as Pasco's property appraiser for 18 years. Because there is no Democrat running, this Republican primary decides the race. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

Mike Wells, 42


Henry Wilson, 40

Pasco County commissioner

Experience Wells is a real estate agent and former manager for Enterprise-Rent-a-Car in charge of Tampa Bay area counties. He worked a few years for Pasco County Utilities and Port Richey parks department. He is a graduate of Ridgewood High School in New Port Richey. Wilson has served one term as a county commissioner. His work experience includes director of managed care for SDI Diagnostics Imaging in Tampa, 2008-10. He attended Gulf High but graduated from Ooltewah High in Tennessee.
Involvement Junior Achievement, YMCA of the Suncoast, the Angelus, Sunrise of Pasco, Ducks Unlimited, Leadership Pasco. Member of various Realtor associations and West Pasco, Trinity-Odessa, Dade City chambers of commerce and the NRA. He serves on the Longleaf School Advisory Council and is a soccer coach for the West Pasco Futbol Club. Member of Generations Christian Church. Commission vice chairman, MPO chairman and liaison to the Pasco Economic Development Council.
Why should voters choose you? The past 17 years I have worked for Enterprise Rent- a-Car. I learned the business from the ground up and have the leadership and managerial skills necessary to help l ead Pasco County. I am seeking to continue to serve Pasco County citizens. With the intention to continue to keep health insurance premiums down (for county workers) and to increase the recycling program while making sure county staff is as fiscally responsible as possible.
How do you create a "premier county"? This must be a public-private partnership. The county can encourage investors to buy and renovate rundown commercial and residential property in targeted areas. By bringing businesses here now, not in a few years. We have to redevelop without breaking the bank or the backs of residents via tax increases. Public-private partnerships will be key.
Are you satisfied with the level of services at parks and libraries? No. I expect the future for libraries will be different in that many find reading materials from electronic sources. Funding growth for parks could come slowly and consistently over time. As the tax roll grows, so should these vital services. No. I am willing to increase the millage rate to increase the level of service.
How should road work be paid for? The mobility fee plan is a good step in renewing growth. Also, as property values increase it will increase revenue to maintenance and public transportation. I won't support raising millage or the gas tax for roads. I believe the county has a couple of options: the real estate transfer fee that is currently only allowed to be used by charter counties; and the road and bridge (transportation) millage could be increased (from 0 currently). I oppose increasing the gas tax.
Personal Wells is a 35-year resident of Pasco. He and his wife, Tiffany, have a 12-year-old son, Cole. Wilson has lived in Pasco for nearly 30 years. He and his wife, Rita, have two children, Christopher, 13, and Cailin, 10.

About the job: District 4 runs from east of U.S. 19 to east of U.S. 41 and from south of State Road 52 to north of State Road 54. County commissioners run countywide but must live in the district they represent. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $84,242 a year.

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