Mike Wells Jr., the son of Pasco County Property Appraiser Mike Wells, announced Friday he is running for Pasco County Commission District 4, the seat currently held by Republican Henry Wilson.
Wells, like his well-known father, is running as a Republican, which ensures a GOP primary election Aug. 26.
He's a first-time candidate and Wilson is seeking his first re-election after defeating incumbent Michael Cox, then the commission's only Democrat, four years ago. District 4 is in central west Pasco. It includes parts of New Port Richey and Land O' Lakes and generally runs from State Road 54 to State Road 52.
Wells, 42, is a former manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car and currently works as a Realtor at Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son in New Port Richey. He is married to Tiffany Wells, 39. The couple has one son, Cole, 12.
Wells said he got a taste for politics while a youngster watching his father at County Commission meetings in the 1980s.
"This is something I've wanted to do for a while," he said of his candidacy. "I was born in St. Pete, so I'm a native Floridian, and I've lived in Pasco since I was 8 years old. I love the county and I just wanted to be able to get involved in the county."