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Pasco reader calls legislators, doesn’t believe they represent constituents

Pasco County letter to the editor
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]
Published Nov. 5

Re: In Pasco County, it’s #YourVoteYourVoice | Nov. 1 guest column

I find Brian Corley’s suggestions interesting. I make my concerns known to my Florida legislators without any effect.

Last year, I spoke (very difficult for me) at the Pasco legislative meeting, urging my legislators to honor the will of the people and implement Amendment 4 as voted. I even got a sweet little note from Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, agreeing with my sentiments. But she didn’t vote that way when the Republican legislators put the restrictions on the amendment. I frequently call the office of Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, and am occasionally treated with contempt by a woman staffer.

They don’t seem to remember that they represent all of their constituents in Pasco, not just the Republicans. And, frankly, I don’t believe that they really represent the needs of 90 percent of their Republican constituents, either.

Yes, I will continue to write, continue to call. But, frankly, I have become somewhat cynical in belief.

Fern Williams, Zephyrhills


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