Voters in the cities of Port Richey and New Port Richey will be selecting two city council members each in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and each city has one location for voters to cast their ballots. For Port Richey city residents, that location is Port Richey City Hall, Precinct 23, at 6333 Ridge Rd. For New Port Richey city residents, the polling place is the New Port Richey Recreation Center for both Precincts 25 and 50, which is located at 6630 Van Buren St.
In New Port Richey, there are four candidates vying for two available seats. Two of those candidates are incumbents: Matt Murphy, who is seeking his second term, and Mike Peters, who was appointed by the council in November after Jeff Starkey resigned because he had moved out of the city. The challengers are Kate Connolly and Rachel Guiliani Hagenbaugh.
Connolly, 30, is a sales manager at One Brand Marketing. Hagenbauch, 35, is a stay-at-home mom.
Murphy, 50, is the owner of the Farrell Power Company. Peters, 66, owns the Mike Peters State Farm Insurance Agency.
In Port Richey there are three candidates but just two council seats open. The incumbents for the seats are Tom Kinsella and Todd Maklary and the challenger is Seth Kapp. Both Maklary and Kinsella were first elected when they won a special election in September 2019 to fill seats of two council members who left after the arrest of former mayor Dale Massad.
Kapp, 40, is a licensed insurance agent who has worked in restaurant and business management. Kinsella, 68, is a retired sergeant from the Pasco Sheriffs Office who is manager of security and safety at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Maklary, 44, is director of development services for Colliers International.
Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is predicting a voter turnout of 15 percent. Vote by mail ballots in each city have already exceeded 12 percent turnout. Corley said he would love to be wrong, with a turnout higher than his prediction. He also said voters “should know we are a phone call away at (800) 851-8754 or a click away at www.pascovotes.gov for any questions.”