- Mike Moore, the Republican incumbent, is seeking re-election to the District 2 seat he won four years ago. A business consultant, he currently chairs the Tourism Development Council and the Homeless Advisory Board.
- Kelly Smith, the Democratic challenger, is operations manager for an engineering firm and his making her first run for public office. She previously served as the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinator for Collier County and zoning administrator for the city of Marco Island.
- Pasco Commissioners must reside within their districts but are elected by voters countywide. District 2 is based in central Pasco.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
- Commissioners serve four-year terms and set the county’s budget priorities while also deciding land-use and zoning issues.
- Moore, if re-elected, says he will focus on the continued support for public safety and work on public infrastructure to ease traffic congestion and flooding.
- Smith, if elected, says she will seek to boost the minimum hourly pay for county government workers to $15 to try to bring more income equality to the county, while also working to expand affordable housing and increase services for the homeless.
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