Editor's note: The Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to respond.
My candidacy for the Pasco County Commission is a job application to be your employee. I wish to represent your best interests in all matters which come before the commission. To that end I make three pledges:
While elected to represent District 2, the election is countywide therefore everyone is my constituent and hence I pledge an open door 24/7 to discuss any issues within my jurisdiction as commissioner.
The state classifies this as a part-time job; I pledge to work full-time, not just 40 hours a week but as long as it takes to educate myself with the facts and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions on your behalf on all issues that come before the commission.
Finally, the salary for this part-time job is more than $80,000 yearly. With our budget shortfalls resulting in layoffs, cuts in services, assessing fees on our children's sports participation, cuts in library staff, hours of operation and potential closings, I believe a pay cut is in order. However the other commissioners would never agree, therefore I pledge, throughout my term, to invest 50 percent of my salary in charities and nonprofits that directly benefit Pasco.
An old adage says to do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is insanity. So what is voting for the same career politician over and over again expecting a different result? Well, just not in your best interest. Vote Clay Colson to represent your best interest.
Henry Wilson Jr.
I am Henry O. Wilson Jr., not Henry G. Wilson.
Tourism and economic development should go hand-in-hand. For too long all our eggs have been in one basket. I believe we should diversify through tourism, industrial and commercial as the way to keep Pasco's tax base stable, not through housing.
Yes, I did say that lowering the tax rate too low is just as bad as having taxes too high. We have to be fiscally responsible and make sure we have enough coming in to plan for the future, as we do not know what the future holds.
The issues confronting Pasco start with the career politicians. My opponent has taken thousands of dollars from special interests. The people of Pasco deserve to have a voice on the board that is much bigger than the developers, engineers, and contractors. I do not believe this is the case and that is why I am running. To support the non-incumbent feeling, when I talk to voters they want to know if I have been in office before and have I ever done this before, I can tell them "no."
The Pasco Economic Development Council is working on "New Pasco." I do not think you can have "New Pasco" with the same leadership. Vote for the non-incumbent, non-special interest endorsed candidate on Nov. 2, which is Henry Wilson Jr.