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Pasco sheriff, Republicans
I am a 25-year veteran officer with a leadership record of reducing crime to a 17-year low and saving taxpayers up to $750,000 a year as third-in-command of the Sheriff's Office. I am not a politician. As sheriff, I will ensure operational effectiveness and fiscal accountability by making top-down changes that commit 100 percent of the agency's resources to fighting crime and illegal drugs. I will stop the wasteful spending, reduce the size and cost of executive staff and eliminate existing political positions, contracts and consultants.
In contrast, the incumbent is seeking a $2.9 million increase in funding despite the fact that other county officials are significantly reducing their budgets. Given the facts, voters can be confident that I am the most qualified and best candidate in whom they can place their trust and confidence.
Pasco Commission, District 5, open primary
As a former defensive end for the Florida Gators I learned to face large opponents trying to keep me from reaching my objective. So I know how to fight through walls of opposition to reach my goals. I also know how to work together with other people to achieve consensus for the good of the whole. I know how to tackle problems and get things done.
I have over 20 years of leadership experience with people from all walks of life and from varying countries worldwide. My reputation for being tough, fair and honest, as well as humble, and a servant of others, is bolstered by 23 years of ministry experience. I do what I say I'll do, I keep my word and always with the good of others in mind.
This race is about consistent leadership, common sense, and teamwork that will fight to bring jobs and economic stability to the whole of our community and make Pasco County one of the safest and best places to live in all of Florida. That's what I will do if elected as county commissioner, because that's what I've done for over 20 years of my life.
Pasco Commission, District 3, Republicans
Thank you for acknowledging me as the most conservative candidate with the most conservative agenda. We must return to conservative values.
The federal government is $16 trillion in debt and the state found itself in a $2 billion shortfall this year, yet our county relies on grants from both that adds to our country's debt. Heading into a general election the Republican Party needs a conservative candidate that stands in stark contrast to a Democrat, not one who embraces the Democratic platform.
In regards to the use of Penny for Pasco, I meant Penny for Pasco is dictated by Florida statutes and it would have been nice to have had a general fund to allow for spending on first responders' salaries. We need to leave our kids and grandchildren with a better future instead of the burden of debt.