Pasco County Commission selects new chairman

Mike Wells Jr., took the helm as chairman of the Pasco County Commission in a vote taken Nov. 28 in New Port Richey. The District 4 county commissioner replaces Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore who served as chairman during the past year. The position typically rotates year-to-year among the commissioners. Duties include leading county commission meetings and being the public face … [Read more...]

Gary Joiner takes on new role as property appraiser

Gary Joiner will be sworn in as Pasco County’s property appraiser in the new year. But, he started laying the groundwork for his first day soon after winning the Nov. 8 election. Joiner’s starting point is customer service. He has met with some of the office staff members to discuss ways, for instance, of modernizing the website. He wants ideas on how to make it more … [Read more...]

Pasco eyes $1.5 billion budget

Pasco County commissioners are looking at a projected budget of about $1.5 billion for 2017. The proposed budget holds the line on new taxes, but allows some room for new services, programs, staff hires and capital improvements. As county staff was completing the budget, they received news that property tax revenues would be about $1.8 million more than expected. The additional cash … [Read more...]

Wells makes history with win, Moore ready for next stage

The Pasco County Commission has had its share of lopsided victories in the last 30 or so years. But there’s never been one like the District 4 race last week between current commissioner Henry Wilson Jr., and Mike Wells Jr. More than 36 percentage points separated Wells from Wilson, the largest margin of victory since 2010 when Commissioner Pat Mulieri defeated independent candidate Clay … [Read more...]

Wilson ousted by Wells, Moore heading to November

There hasn't been an incumbent victory in Pasco County Commission's District 4 seat since 2002. And that streak will continue through at least 2018. Henry Wilson Jr., who surprised everyone four years ago to unseat incumbent Mike Cox, was no match for Mike Wells Jr., who took the election in the open primary Tuesday, and will become the newest member of the county commission later this … [Read more...]

It’s time to vote! Primary election day is here

Precincts all over Pasco and Hillsborough counties as well as the rest of the state are welcoming voters today as candidates find out whether they're moving on to November, winning their seat outright, or packing up and going home. Whether a Democrat, Republican or independent, there is a ballot for everyone, at least in Pasco County where at least one race — Pasco County Commission District 4 … [Read more...]

Wells seeks next generation of leadership on commission

They share a name, they share values, and even share a penchant to serve the people through elected office. Mike Wells Jr., is seeking a spot on the Pasco County Commission, just like his father, Mike Wells Sr., did some three decades ago. And while it’s tough to get out from under the shadow of his father, the younger Wells still aspires to be just like his dad, a respected government leader … [Read more...]

Voters to decide between Wells, Wilson in August

There was not too much drama as the qualifying period for candidates seeking office this fall, except for the fact that one Pasco County Commission race will be decided in August after a last-minute write-in candidate decided to withdraw. Commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. will defend his District 4 seat against Mike Wells Jr., during an open primary in August that will allow all voters — no matter … [Read more...]

Wells comes out swinging in commissioner race

Pasco County Commissioner Henry Wilson has been raising money for his re-election campaign since last July, and has amassed a respectable $19,000 through the end of March. But now Wilson will have to go into full fundraising mode because his new challenger, Mike Wells Jr., isn't holding back. Wells, the son of Pasco County property appraiser Mike Wells Sr., has already out-raised Wilson — … [Read more...]

Mike Wells challenges Henry Wilson for commission seat

Mike Wells Jr. has a name that is quite familiar to Pasco County residents, thanks to his father, longtime property appraiser Mike Wells Sr. And now the younger Wells wants to make a name of his own by challenging Pasco County Commissioner Henry Wilson in the Republican primary. In making the announcement, Wells doesn't share a lot about his platform, except that he knows being a … [Read more...]