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PASCO COUNTY: COMMISSION, DISTRICT 5

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First-term County Commissioner Jack Mariano, a Republican, easily withstood a primary challenge. Now he faces Democrat Ginny Miller, a teacher and former New Port Richey City Council member. While Mariano touts his attention to residentsÍ needs, Miller says he made wrong decisions on development.

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First elected in 2004, Mariano, 48, is seeking his second term. The former car salesman for Coastal Cadillac is a native of Concord, Mass. He is involved in civic groups such as Rotary and Take Stock in Children, among others. As a commissioner, he has been involved in state planning groups and this year is chairman of the Pasco Tourist Development Council. He has received service awards from Rotary and the West Pasco Board of Realtors. HeÍs an avid golfer. Experience Miller, 49, a Pasco County school teacher, served for nine years on the New Port Richey City Council. The Chicago native moved to Pasco in 1994. Besides previously serving on the countyÍs Tourist Development Council, she has been deputy mayor of New Port Richey. She also has participated in the West Pasco Historical Society. She has taught in several Pasco County schools since 2001 after being a self-employed bookkeeper in Palm Harbor. SheÍs a member of the Salt Springs Paddlers Club.
Mariano earned a bachelorÍs degree in economics from Framingham State College. Education Miller earned a bachelorÍs in secondary education from Northeastern Illinois University.
1) Budgeting thoroughly while making cuts as painless as possible. 2) Recruit more businesses to Pasco, and continue to grow tourism. 3) Using a recent consultant report by Urban Land Institute to guide long-range growth decisions. Top three issues facing Pasco 1) Redeveloping parts of Pasco to help create local investment and jobs. 2) Reducing crime by increasing community-oriented policing. 3) Preserving PascoÍs natural and cultural resources by purchasing development rights and holding community cleanups.
"With the amount of resources we have available, I feel we have enough resources in public safety." On public safety Says more funding is needed. "Amendment 1, which I did not support, and the effects of the poor economy are compounding this problem."
Says it would be unfair to current residents to reduce impact fees "just to spark the market." "But if costs for building have gone down, I think itÍs fair to look at fees again." On impact fees "There should be an impact fee ... on water, sewer and all of that. But I think theyÍre out of line. ... Right now, theyÍre already twice as high as surrounding counties."
Assets: home, real estate, investments Liabilities: finance business, rental properties Net worth: $304,356 Income: commission salary, rental property Financial Assets: home, real estate, retirement plan Liabilities: mortgage, loan Net worth: $291,954 Income: teacherÍs salary, business and rental income
He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters. Personal She is divorced and has a son.
www.jackmariano.com, jackmariano@aol.com Web, e-mail www.ginnymiller.org, gmiller@sanctum.com
About the job: District 5 covers the northwest corner of the county and most of PascoÍs coastline. Commissioners are elected countywide but 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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