Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Pasco Commission 2: Voters send incumbent Mike Moore to easy victory over Kelly Smith

Voters re-elected Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore to a second term Tuesday.

The Republican Moore, 47,  defeated Democratic challenger Kelly Smith by a nearly 60-40 margin for the District 2 seat.Moore, who owns his own business consulting firm, campaigned as a champion of public safety, job creation and someone who can help fix transportation woes.

"I attribute our success to the people knowing what we've done the past four years,'' said Moore outside his watch party at the Florida Hospital Center Ice. "We've succeeded in obviously bringing more jobs to Pasco County, bringing more road infrastructure to Pasco County and investing in public safety. … People realize that.''

Smith, 44, of Wesley Chapel, previously served as the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinator for Collier County and zoning administrator for the city of Marco Island. She criticized Moore and the commission as a whole for land-use decisions she said allowed rapid residential growth to crowd schools and clog highways.

The race for campaign dollars showed Moore out-raising Smith by a 12-to-1 ratio as he collected more than $300,000 to her $25,000.

“There are things I would like to have done,” Smith said late Tuesday morning after visiting eight precincts in Wesley Chapel and east Pasco.  “But I have a really good group of volunteers and a lot of people spreading the campaign’s message, and I think that’s more important than getting mailers in people’s mailboxes.”

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