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Candidates respond to Times recommendations

Editor's note: Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times are given an opportunity to respond.

Frank Grey

County Judge, Group 2

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 27 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: 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 57 years. I've donated many hours of legal services to the elderly and others in need - including the widow of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Endorsements: Police Benevolent Association and County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. For many others, please visit I ask for your vote on Nov. 6.

Ed Blommel

Pasco Tax Collector

I want to thank the Times for acknowledging my qualifications and stating they "would translate well to the duties of a constitutional office." It was disappointing to learn that the editorial board chose to recommend the incumbent that has been in office for 32 years.

More spending in the Tax Collector's Office is a sign of old government ideas of throwing money at the problem. I believe that new creative ways of facing the challenges ahead are needed and not two new county-owned super centers as proposed.

The choice for Pasco County voters is clear. A fresh, fiscally conservative leader that will be visible, involved and uses a common sense approach to future planning, or re-elect an incumbent who supports an old style of government to spend more and build more.

I am asking for your vote for Pasco County tax collector on Nov. 6.

Allison Newlon

Pasco Property Appraiser

My opponent may have served Pasco County well as commissioner years ago. More recently, however, his work ethic "hiccup" indicates his service is no longer adequate. I do not regret acknowledging his absenteeism.

I do regret that my multitasking remark was taken out of context and am disappointed the Pasco editor of editorials commented on it yet neglected to seek clarification of this perceived "gender bias" during the debate he moderated.

Ten years ago, my opponent unsuccessfully implemented an electronic tax filing system, a failure he now blames on Pasco County business owners and accountants. The truth is that technology then was not as streamlined as it is today. As your new property appraiser, I will leverage technology to provide better service to Pasco residents, and engage in community outreach programs to those with limited access to technology. Most importantly, unlike my opponent, I will provide proactive leadership and accountability to Pasco taxpayers.

Candidates respond to Times recommendations 10/23/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:40pm]
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