The former San Antonio commissioner was defeated in his 1996 run for the county seat.
Ted Schrader is back in the game.
The 44-year-old businessman from San Antonio plans to run for County Commission District 1, which became an open seat Thursday when Commissioner Sylvia Young announced her retirement.
Schrader ran for that seat in 1996 and won the Republican primary but was defeated by Young in the general election. Schrader joins two other GOP candidates for District 1, Rod Neal and Alan Brenia, and Democrat Pat Burke.
"I think I have a lot to offer from my business experience," Schrader said.
Schrader said he began seriously contemplating a second run several months ago after rumors of Young's possible retirement surfaced.
He says he thinks his chances are good for winning the seat.
"We've got a good grass roots organization."
Schrader served on the San Antonio City Commission, including a two-year term as mayor pro tem, from 1982 to 1988. In his campaign announcement, Schrader said he plans to focus on transportation and planning issues.
Schrader notes that during his tenure on the City Commission, San Antonio paved miles of roadways without ever raising property taxes.
"Congested roads are just one of the many transportation problems I will focus on," Schrader said.
A San Antonio native, Schrader is a member of a well-known east Pasco citrus and cattle family. He is a founder and co-owner with his brother Terry of Schrader Realty in San Antonio and a founder and co-owner with his uncle Herman of Lake Jovita Farm and Grove Service.
If elected, Schrader will follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Arthur Schrader, who was a Pasco County commissioner from 1925 until his death in 1957. He was chairman his last 18 years on the board.
Schrader graduated from Pasco Comprehensive High School and the University of Florida. He is married and has three sons.
_ Alisa Ulferts covers Pasco County government. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6244 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6244. Her e-mail address is ulfertssptimes.com. Times researcher Cathy Wos contributed to this report.