Burgess: There’s no place like home … rule

Danny Burgess was nervous as he straightened his tie and tried to review in his head everything he was going to say. It was his first debate in his race for a seat on the Zephyrhills City Council, and he had an uphill battle to convince older voters that electing an 18-year-old to represent them was the right way to go. “I realized that you just got to be an open book,” Burgess said. “I … [Read more...]

Commission race an open primary, other candidates qualify

A last-minute write-in candidate almost made the race for the Pasco County Commission District 4 race even more interesting than it already is. However, Grady Peeler Jr., pulled out of the race just as quickly as he entered last week. That leaves just Commissioner Henry Wilson Jr., to defend his seat against Mike Wells Jr., during an open primary in August that will allow all voters — no … [Read more...]

Paperwork snafu costs Diaz chance for Tallahassee

Danny Burgess no longer has to worry about a primary battle in his quest to succeed Will Weatherford in House District 38. The former Zephyrhills mayor earned the Republican nomination Friday after his primary opponent, Minnie Diaz, failed to file part of her paperwork before the noon deadline to qualify. Diaz, an adjunct professor at Pasco-Hernando State College, said her inexperience in … [Read more...]

Future of Pasco lives and dies with municipal airports

The expansion of State Road 56 into Zephyrhills could be key to a major economic boom for Pasco County, and two candidates seeking to replace state Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, in Tallahassee agree state-level leadership must be in place to make sure it happens. Danny Burgess and Minnie Diaz both shared their visions for House District 38 during a meeting last week of the Wesley … [Read more...]

Burgess invites Tampa mayor to rediscover Wesley Chapel

Danny Burgess has just a few more days as mayor of Zephyrhills before he goes full-time into a state House campaign. But before he goes, he has a message for Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn: Wesley Chapel is no longer a "bedroom community." Burgess and Republican challenger Minnie Diaz were the featured speakers at a forum hosted by the Wesley Chapel Republican Club Thursday night. Neither were happy … [Read more...]