Black wins in landslide while DeWitt, Wilkeson ousted

Being a woman in politics was not easy in East Pasco County Tuesday night. It was man against woman in races in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills, and in each case, every woman — including two incumbents — lost. Scott Black easily retained his city commission seat against challenger Angelica Herrera in Dade City, according to unofficial results from the Pasco County elections office. He won … [Read more...]

St. Leo secession may save Lake Jovita residents $600 annually

As voters look to insert yet another Lake Jovita resident onto the St. Leo town commission, analysis of a bill in Tallahassee that would effectively break away the community completely from the town says homeowners leaving the jurisdiction could see an annual tax savings of $600. The report was prepared just after H.B. 1401 — which would shrink St. Leo's boundaries — passed the state House's … [Read more...]

Voters head to polls in Dade City, St. Leo, Zephyrhills

After weeks of campaigning, and in most cases raising thousands of dollars, it's time for voters in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to head to the polls and make their choices in three hotly contested races. Angelica Herrera is challenging longtime commissioner Scott Black in Dade City; it's Raphael Davis vs. Commissioner Donna DeWitt in St. Leo, and Alan Knight is going to head-to-head with … [Read more...]

Mail-in votes racking up for municipal elections

In less than 24 hours, polls will open in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to decide three local government races. And it's not clear if any last-minute campaigning by any of the candidates may matter. Mail-in ballots already represent an average 7 percent turnout in all three municipalities. St. Leo is leading all the cities and towns in Pasco County with a 17 percent turnout by mail so far … [Read more...]

Experience vs. New Blood

Three elections, six candidates, and three incumbents — all with more than a half-century of government experience. Voters head to the polls April 8 in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills, where they will decide, among other things, whether they want to keep longevity in their city government, or find a fresh perspective. Each of these municipalities faced controversy in recent months. Dade … [Read more...]

St. Leo election is all about one thing: Lake Jovita

A bill sits in a committee in Tallahassee that would remove part of the Lake Jovita community from St. Leo. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Raphael Davis from challenging longtime commissioner Donna DeWitt for her seat in the St. Leo government. While Davis talks almost exclusively about the plight of Lake Jovita residents in the town, he has nothing to say about the de-annexation itself, saying … [Read more...]

Vote by mail deadline is April 2

Any voter wishing to avoid having to head to a precinct on election day April 8 has until April 2 to request a vote-by-mail ballot. After that, beginning on April 3, voters who wish to vote a paper ballot prior to election day can pick up their ballot at any of the three supervisor of elections offices in the county, or at their respective city halls. Elections locally are taking place in … [Read more...]

Two cities, town heading to the polls April 8

Mid-term elections are still months away, but cities and towns in Pasco County will have a chance to choose local leaders in municipal elections in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills. Qualifying ended Feb. 18 for municipal elections, and incumbents in those cities and town will face challengers. Winners will be decided April 8. Residents living in those cities who want to vote must be … [Read more...]