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PASCO COUNTY: COMMISSION, DISTRICT 3

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Republican Ann Hildebrand is a mainstay among Pasco power brokers, a millionaire seeking her seventh term by touting her experience. Democrat Terri Conroy lost her job with a home builder last year, and now uses her personal life to show voters that an average person can find a place in local government.

Terri Conroy, New Port Richey D Ann Hildebrand, New Port Richey R
After losing her permitting supervisor job with Lexington Homes in December, Conroy decided to run for County Commission, mainly because she wanted to improve her childrenês future in the county. She now runs an online publication, Bay Area Tradewinds, and is a part of the RESORCE Recycling Club and a grass roots insurance reform group for residents, Having Affordable Coverage. She defeated Nick Planck in the Democratic primary in August. Born in Pittsburgh, she is running her first political campaign. Experience Hildebrand is running for her seventh term on the commission after being first elected in 1984. She also serves on the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. Hildebrand is involved in various social service agencies, including PACE Center for Girls and the United Way as its 2008 chairwoman. She defeated Matt Matey and Wil Nickerson in the Republican primary in August. A former social worker in Michigan, she has won community service awards from the Girl Scouts, the United Way and various other nonprofit groups.
She graduated from high school in Bridgeville, Pa. Education She has a bachelorês degree in social science from Michigan State University.
1) Change budgeting process so services are spared severe cuts. 2) Improve long-range planning for waste management and mass transit to lower burden on taxpayers. 3) Improve business development to broaden tax base. Top three issues 1) Improve roads and transportation. 2) Finish overhauling the land development code to improve growth management planning. 3) Cut government costs because of mandated property tax reductions. .
"Tax dollars must be allocated first to the support and direct needs of our frontline personnel and the upkeep and maintenance of their equipment. Budget cuts must be made from the top ... where they least affect the daily operations of our public safety." On public safety funding "(The) level of funding in Sheriffês Office is more than 50 percent of the general fund property taxes," plus the commission paid for a new jail and all public building maintenance. "We have greatly expanded our fire service area to most of the county."
"I have never been a fan of public financing of a private business venture." Says tourist tax revenue should be used to promote events that draw tourists to Pasco County. On the tourism tax The tourist tax needs to promote Pasco County and provide capital investments such as the tennis stadium and possibly a proposed (privately run) sports complex."
Assets: home, vehicles Liabilities: mortgage, credit card Net worth: $23,177 Income: publishing company, landscape design Financial Assets: homes, bank and investment accounts. Liabilities: Mortgage and car loan. Net worth: $1.2-million Income: commission salary, government pension, Social Security
Conroy, 49, is a single mother with two children. Personal Hildebrand, 70, is married to husband Charles Jack and has two grown children.
www.terriconroy.com, terri@terriconroy.com Web, e-mail www.annhildebrand.com, no campaign e-mail address
About the job: District 3 covers southwest Pasco County. Commissioners are elected countywide but they must live in the district they represent. They set policy on spending, zoning and infrastructure improvements such as roads. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $80,200 a year.

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