Moore, Wells sworn into commission seats Tuesday

The Pasco County Commission will welcome two new commissioners to its dais Tuesday, and at the same time decide whether Jack Mariano will get another term as commission chair, or if someone new will be selected. Mike Moore and Mike Wells Jr., will be officially sworn into office today during the commission's regular meeting in Dade City. Moore won the Nov. 4 election against Erika Remsberg to … [Read more...]

Money spoke loudly in this year’s election

He showed up around 6:30 a.m., just as the sun was starting to rise above the horizon. His place was in a side parking lot at Bridgeway Church, located on Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, and he came ready for the day. Nick Burgess put signs up around his pickup truck, touting his older brother Danny Burgess, who was running for Florida House District 38. Nick was staying until polls closed … [Read more...]

Politicians talk local, but don’t spend local

Ever wonder how much $324,000 can buy? It could supply ribs and sides for 25 families at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que for an entire year. It could feed a complete Thanksgiving dinner from Publix to nearly every person living in Wesley Chapel and Land O’ Lakes. It could hire 15 people for an entire year at $10 an hour, with enough money left over to add a part-timer at the same … [Read more...]

Burgess heads to Tallahassee, Moore wins commission race

Mike Moore raised a lot of money in his quest to become a member of the Pasco County Commission, but even he knew with Pasco's history of upsets in commission races, there never was a guarantee. Yet, Moore's fundraising and campaign both paid off, as he won the last open seat on the commission, and will keep retiring Pat Mulieri's seat in Republican hands. With 97 percent of precincts … [Read more...]

Election Day is here! And so is everything you need to know

Today is Election Day where Florida will elect a governor, an attorney general, a chief financial officer and an agriculture commissioner among others. Locally, however, voters will have to decide on representatives in Tallahassee, as well as who will represent their interests on the county commission. In last week's print edition of The Laker/Lutz News, we offered an election primer, which you … [Read more...]

Moore, Remsberg spending money outside Pasco

Bringing money into the county is something politician after politician has brought to campaigns and local government for years, and the Pasco County Commission race between Mike Moore and Erika Remsberg has been no different. In fact, both have ideas on how to attract more jobs and higher wages to the area, as well as bring in an influx of money to help businesses grow and prosper. Yet, when … [Read more...]

Moore enters final campaign week with $22K available

For the first time since the end of August, Erika Remsberg raised more money than her opponent in the Pasco County Commission District 2 race. But she still has a long way to catch up to the money spent by Mike Moore as the election closes in on its final week. Remsberg, the Democrat in the race to succeed Pat Mulieri on the commission, picked up $1,914 in donations for the period ending Oct. … [Read more...]

More than 5,000 show up for first day of early voting

A lot of people are heading to the polls, and it's not even Election Day yet. Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley says more than 5,000 people turned out to vote on Saturday, as early voting started in various locations around the county. By lunchtime on Monday, the number of early voters quickly approached 9,000, joining more than 38,000 mail-in ballots already received for the … [Read more...]

Left Behind: Bus service screeches to a halt on Monday

He leaned back on the bench, allowing just bits of a pizza delivery store advertisement to peek through for motorists to see as they sped past the New River Branch Library on State Road 54. The skies were a clear blue, and the morning coolness was quickly giving way to what would soon be a noontime Florida heat. Yet, hints of sweat formed on his forehead, under a tattered ball cap where the … [Read more...]

Mulieri endorses new replacement, crosses party lines

No one could ever accuse Pat Mulieri of simply following the herd. Two months ago, she took a stand in the Republican primary, endorsing underdog Bob Robertson from a group of candidates looking to replace her on the Pasco County Commission. Robertson lost the primary, so that left the door open for Mulieri to choose yet another underdog — one that is not even a Republican. Although … [Read more...]