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April races shape up for cities in Pasco County

Five incumbents were unopposed and will keep their seats.
Pasco County election sign. Times fil
Published Feb. 19

NEW PORT RICHEY — Incumbent city officials in New Port Richey, Port Richey and Zephyrhills will face elections in April. Five others in Zephyrhills, San Antonio and St. Leo were unopposed during election qualifying and will keep their seats.

New Port Richey will have the most crowded field with challengers Judith Allen and Amjad Faqouseh seeking to unseat incumbent City Council members Chopper Davis and Jeff Starkey. In New Port Richey, the two candidates in the field who receive the most votes will win the seats.

In Port Richey, three candidates will be vying for two seats, and the top two vote-getters win seats. Incumbent City Council members Will Dittmer and Jennifer Sorrell will face challenger Joseph Parisi.

Zephyrhills City Council President Lance Smith will be looking to defend his seat against challenger Manny Funes. Also in Zephyrhills, Council Vice President Kenneth Burgess won his seat, unopposed.

Incumbents in Pasco's smallest cities also kept their seats. San Antonio Mayor Mark Anderson did not draw a challenger, and neither did Commissioner James Markley. In St. Leo, Mayor Pro-Tem Gregory Smith was unopposed, as was Commissioner Curtis Dwyer.

All city elections are non-partisan and take place on April 9.

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