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Frank Grey Pasco County Court Judge

My experience is what voters are looking for in a county judge.

Experience: Most matters considered in county court involve areas of law in which I have over 26 years of experience, including 12 as a Supreme Court certified mediator.

Proper demeanor: For 18 years I've been chosen as special magistrate to the county's Value Adjustment Board; conducting hearings judiciously, fairly, respectfully, weighing evidence and consistently applying the law.

Leadership, community service: A lifelong Pasco resident, I've been president of the West Pasco Bar and New Port Richey Rotary, served on boards of local nonprofit organizations, and been a regular church parishioner for 50 plus years. I've donated many hours of legal services to the elderly and others in need — including the widow of a war casualty.

Endorsements: Police Benevolent Association and County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. For many others, please visit I ask for your vote on Aug. 14.

Donald Stephenson Pasco School Board, District 2

The omission of my opponent's shortcomings indicate the writer's own personal bias. The recommendation stated that Mrs. Hurley "refused to rubber stamp administrative recommendations" and yet she possesses a shocking 100 percent "yea'' voting record. Somehow that was irrelevant. Also omitted, the fact that Mrs. Hurley has taken thousands of dollars from special interests - teachers unions, PACs and entities that do business with the board. And it is ironic that the Times would criticize my platform's focus on fiscal issues when Joanne Hurley has no platform whatsoever.

Calling me "contradictory" because I oppose IB but advocate for magnet schools is akin to saying "you can't like ice cream unless you like every flavor." I was extremely clear that I wanted to see Pasco add additional magnet options. This face was omitted deliberately. The dishonest nature of this recommendation is glaring. Visit to get the real story.

Heather Fiorentino School Superintendent, Republican

The children of Pasco County have benefitted from Heather Fiorentino's leadership. Pasco's graduation rate has skyrocketed since 2000, improving over 20 percentage points to 88.5 percent. Pasco has earned an outstanding grade of A or B each year Heather Fiorentino has been superintendent and was ranked as the top performing school district in the Tampa Bay area. Two recent, independent studies have issued glowing findings of the district's performance and Heather Fiorentino's leadership.

Heather Fiorentino has served the people of Pasco during difficult times, facing unprecedented financial shortfalls and increased federal and state expectations. Pasco's students continue to shine, which is a testament to her skillful leadership. Their success should be the primary factor in determining who should lead Pasco's school system.

It is surprising that you would recommend a double-dipper with no education experience over an educator who has a proven track record of securing positive outcomes for children.

Candidates not recommended by Tampa Bay Times respond 07/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:26pm]
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