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DEPUTY MAYOR TO RUN FOR SEAT ON COMMISSION

NEW PORT RICHEY

Deputy Mayor Ginny Miller on Friday announced her bid for a seat on the County Commission. She's the first Democrat to announce she's running against incumbent commissioner Jack Mariano, a Republican. Miller, a math teacher at Gulf Middle School, has served on the New Port Richey City Council for nine out of the past 10 years. Her council seat expires in April. Miller, 49, declined to comment specifically about Mariano, but said she can bring "fresh eyes" to the difficult budget process that lies ahead for commissioners. "It's time for me to step up for Pasco County," said Miller. "I'm familiar with the local and state issues at play right now."

PORT RICHEY

Alzheimer's group hosts fundraiser

The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present its ninth annual Gong Show at 6 tonight at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. The event features 19 acts, including the notorious Unknown Comic, who will appear with four stage judges. Admission tickets include dinner at Carrabba's Italian Grill, and all proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization, serving Central Florida. For information, call the Alzheimer's Family Organization at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free, 1-888-496-8004. To see clips of last year's show, visit www.alzheimersfamily.org and click on Special Events.

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