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 Councilwoman Jodi Wilkeson.
Polls are open right now, and will remain open until 7 p.m.
Those heading to the polls need to make sure they bring two forms of identification — both signature and photo — according to Pasco County supervisor of elections Brian Corley. A driver’s license, for example, would consider to be both a photo and a signature identification, and a voter would not need to show anything more.
For those who don’t have proper identification, a provisional ballot may be required. This is a paper ballot issued at the polling place for those whose eligibility cannot be determined. A person casting a provisional ballot will have the right to present written evidence supporting his or her eligibility to vote to the elections office no later than 5 p.m. on the second day following the election.
In Dade City, the primary polling precinct is at First Baptist Church Dade City, 37511 Church Ave. Voters in St. Leo can go straight to the town hall, 34544 State Road 52, while Zephyrhills voters will head to Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave.
Get some last-minute details of all the candidates through our “Experience vs. New Blood” coverage last week by clicking one of the links below:
• Herrera claims Black has ‘lost touch’ with Dade City
• St. Leo election is all about one thing: Lake Jovita
• Zephyrhills tests whether everybody knows your name
Commissioner Black in Dade City has raised the most money of any candidate, according to county election reports. His $9,875 is more than triple the $3,083 Herrera has raised through last week.
Knight and Wilkeson are neck-and-neck in fundraising in Zephyrhills, with Wilkeson raising $2,875, and Knight $2,600.
In St. Leo, DeWitt decided not to raise any money to defend her seat, compared to the $695 raised by Davis.
Some previous races were already decided. In St. Leo, James Hallett and Richard Christmas both earned their seats on the commission unopposed. Camille Hernandez won re-election in Dade City unopposed. And in Zephyrhills, Ken Burgess had no competition for his city council seat, while Gene Whitfield was elected the new mayor, all unopposed.
Visit LakerLutzNews.com tonight to get all the election results.
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