After evaluating which candidates best would be suited to sit "as the board of directors of a multimillion dollar business," the Pasco Builders Association (PBA) has announced endorsements for every incumbent seeking re-election in Pasco County. In races for the House of Representatives, the PBA supports Democrat Chuck Smith in District 47, Democrat John Long in District 48 and Republican John Renke in District 49. The PBA's picks for the Senate are Democrat Karen Thurman in District 4 and Republican Charles Canady in District 12. Canady, who is a state representative, is running for the Senate seat left vacant by Curtis Peterson's retirement. In local races, the PBA endorsed incumbent county commissioners Curtis Law and Allan "Sonny" Safranek Jr., both Democrats, and incumbent District 5 School Board member Kathleen Wolf, a Republican. Jean Larkin, a Democrat running for the District 1 seat being vacated by retiring School Board member Agnes Deal, also received the PBA's support.School employees plan rallies for Chiles
Teachers and school employees in Pasco and several other school districts have planned separate rallies Saturday at noon in support of gubernatorial candidate Lawton Chiles. In Pasco, school employees will rally at the courthouse in New Port Richey and the courthouse in Dade City. The rallies are intended to counter Gov. Bob Martinez's attempts to portray himself as a friend to education, said Pasco teacher Jim Wilcox, who helped organize the rallies. "There are only so many ways we can show our support," said Pat Barber, president of the Manatee school employees union, which is sponsoring a rally Saturday. "(Chiles) isn't accepting that much money, so this is one of the only resources we can offer him. We're trying to get people out."