After 20 years on the job, Pasco County Commissioner Sylvia Young has announced that she will not seek re-election this fall.
Young, 61, said she is retiring from politics to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.
Young's tenure has seen remarkable growth, both in the county's population and in the services offered to residents. Since she won office in 1980, Pasco's population has grown from 193,661 in 1980 to a projected 331,489 this year. In the 1990s, Tampa commuters discovered the county, and new housing developments crept into Young's east Pasco district. In 1982, Young became the first chairwoman of the commission. In her five terms on the board, she became known for her direct, sometimes confrontational style and often championed east Pasco projects.