Beginning this week, The Laker/Lutz News will revive Political Agenda — a column that runs only during election years.
It is the newspaper’s goal to give candidates a place where they can announce they are running for office, let voters know of upcoming Meet the Candidate nights or political forums, or update voters on any news that may be pertinent to them in the coming elections.
This column also will announce upcoming meetings of political parties, if they are submitted in a timely manner and there is space available.
This column is not a forum for posting fundraising events.
The column will run periodically, depending on the volume of submissions.
There is never a guarantee of publication, but we do consider each item we receive.
This week’s column lists the candidates for Pasco County Commission, Pasco County School Board, as well as state and federal races that Pasco voters will vote on, according to websites maintained by the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections and Florida’s Division of Elections.
Future columns will cover other races.
Candidates who have filed for Pasco County Commission seats:
Pasco County Commission, District 2
Mike Moore, Republican
Kelly Smith, Democrat
Pasco County Commission, District 3
Brandi Geoit, Democrat
Mike Wells, Republican
Candidates who have filed for Pasco County School Board:
Pasco School Board, District 1
Allen Altman, No Party Affiliation
Kenneth J. Mathis, No Party Affiliation
Brian Staver, No Party Affiliation
Pasco School Board, District 3
Cynthia Armstrong, No Party Affiliation
Heide R. Janshon, No Party Affiliation
Pasco School Board, District 5
Mike Aday, No Party Affiliation
Megan C. Harding, No Party Affiliation
Kathryn ‘Kassie’ Hutchinson, No Party Affiliation
Tara M. O’ Connor, No Party Affiliation
U.S. Rep. District 12
Gus M. Bilirakis, Republican (Incumbent)
Stephen M. Perenich, Democrat
Angelika Purkis, No Party Affiliation
Robert Matthew Tager, Democrat
Sunil Mathew Thomas, Democrat
Kimberly H. Walker, Democrat
STATE SENATE RACES
John Legg, Republican
Wilton Simpson, Republican (Incumbent)
Bernard “Bernie” Fensterwald, Democrat
Ed Hooper, Republican
John Houman, Republican
Tom Lee, Republican (Incumbent)
Kathy Lynn Lewis, Democrat
STATE HOUSE RACES
Linda Jack, Democrat
Amber Lynn Mariano, Republican (Incumbent)
Ryan Patrick Boney, Republican
Tammy Garcia, Democrat
Bill Gunter, Republican
Ellie Rudisill, Republican
Ardian Zika, Republican
Daniel Wright Burgess Jr., Republican (Incumbent)
John David Hayes, No Party Affiliation
Upcoming meetings and events
Land O’ Lakes Democratic Club : The Land O’ Lakes Democratic Club will have its next meeting on March 7 at 6:30 p.m., at Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 108, in Lutz.
The Wesley Chapel Republican Club will meet March 8 at 6:30 pm at Lexus of Wesley Chapel, 5350 Eagleston Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The guest speaker will be Baxter Troutman, former state representative from Polk County and candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner. For more information, contact Peter Cracchiolo at (813) 360-9813 or .
David TK Hayes, candidate for the Florida State House District 38, is hosting a meet and greet March 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Brass Tap, 37916 Pasco Ave., in Dade City.
On March 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Pasco will have a Democratic candidates’ forum with Stephen Perenich, Robert Tiger, Kimberly Walker and Kathy Lewis. The public is invited but due to limited space, please RSVP at tinyurl.com/ybsx6cvv.
Published February 28, 2018
Updated March 7, 2018