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Clerk's race in '16 could be repeat

Published Aug. 26, 2015

The battle for Pasco County clerk of circuit court is shaping up to be a rematch of 2012, when no-party candidate Roberta Cutting challenged incumbent Republican Paula O'Neil.

Cutting filed her candidacy paperwork Monday. She ran in 2012, highlighting what she called wasteful spending on the part of O'Neil. Cutting also charged that O'Neil "sabotaged" her career by dismissing her after a weeklong stint in the clerk's office. Cutting was a paralegal student at the time.

O'Neil, who has held the post since winning it in 2008, filed her candidacy paperwork on May 27. Her campaign had raised $6,255 as of July 31, most of the money coming from attorney donations and a bundled contribution from businesses tied to funeral home director Thomas Dobies.

Financial records for Cutting's campaign will not be available until the end of August.