The Times offers candidates not recommended by the editorial board an opportunity to reply to the newspaper's recommendations. Here is one response:
Ginny Miller, candidate for Pasco County Commission
You recommended an incumbent who has been the subject of many Times articles and editorials in which you criticized his actions over the past four years. That's amazing.
Then, you state that Jack (Mariano) has grown as a commissioner. I wish that growth had happened before several of his recent votes; four years is a long time and an election looms.
Community Redevelopment Areas are proven and working in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The city has seen public dollars matched by private at the rate of 4 to 1. The local economy benefits and the neighborhoods do as well. Pasco needs CRAs and the Urban Land Institute report strongly recommends them.
My frame of reference for local government is the city of New Port Richey. The voters here did not continue to support me because I am "competent," but because they know that I speak for them on all fronts with a progressive view based on the long run.
The voters are choosing between me, a teacher with five previous Times recommendations and nine years of experience on the City Council, and a car salesman who is only now in this campaign season impressing your editorial board.