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For Pasco schools chief, Kurt Browning gets Rep. Will Wetherford's endorsement


browning gets Weatherford's endorsement

Challenger Kurt Browning snagged a significant endorsement Wednesday in his bid to oust Pasco school superintendent Heather Fiorentino, with the announcement that incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford is in his corner. "To me, Kurt Browning has had success at everything he's done," Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, told the Times. "I certainly have spent a lot of time with Kurt over the years. I have a lot of respect for him. I think he has the ability, the leadership style, the political savvy to navigate through a very challenging process, and he just cares about the kids." Weatherford said his endorsement was not against Fiorentino, but rather for Browning, who said he would run for the schools job after resigning as Florida secretary of state. Browning also served as Pasco elections supervisor for more than two decades. He has garnered a lot of political and financial support since entering the race, but Fiorentino is not left high and dry. She continues to have the backing of some players, including highly popular state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey. Moon Lake handyman Ken Benson, also in the race for the Republican primary, has not announced any endorsements. Because two write-in candidates also qualified, only Republicans may vote in this race on the Aug. 14 ballot.


Habitat's ReStore needs volunteers

The Zephyrhills ReStore, which sells donated building materials and other items to support Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco, is seeking extra helpers for the reset of its store in August. Volunteers are needed over the coming weeks to clean and sort through donations. Volunteers also will be needed Aug. 6-11 to revamp the store with fresh paint, new lighting and building store fixtures. The Zephyrhills ReStore at 4700 Allen Road (south of State Road 54, beside Big Lots) is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information call (813)395-6994 or visit

dade city

Several meetings planned on budget

Officials have announced several upcoming meetings as Dade City crafts its budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. City Commissioners will have a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the revenue for the coming year. Budget workshops will be at 5:30 p.m. July 9 and 4 p.m. July 10. All meetings will be in the commission chambers in the City Hall annex, 14150 Fifth St. For information, call City Hall at (352) 523-5050.


Justin Inversso died Sept. 10, 2011, after being struck by lightning. A caption with a column Wednesday gave an incorrect date.