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 — is an open primary race between Republicans Mike Wells Jr. and Henry Wilson Jr. That means all registered voters can choose between the two, no matter what their party affiliation, or lack thereof, is.
The winner of that race will earn a four-year term. Wells, son of former Pasco County commissioner and current Pasco County property appraiser Mike Wells Sr., is looking to win his first election in his first try. Wilson is trying to become the first incumbent to win re-election in District 4 since Steve Simon in 2002.
All voters also will have a chance to decide a school board race between Marc Yacht and incumbent Steve Luikart. Yacht is a former director with the Pasco County Department of Health. Luikart is a former educator and school administrator, and is seeking out his second term.
Democrats and Republicans will have a chance to make their selections for governor. On the Republican side, incumbent Rick Scott is in a primary race against Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder. For the Democrats, it’s former governor Charlie Crist against Nan Rich.
Republicans will have one other race to look at, the primary for the District 2 county commission seat to see who will run in November to succeed the retiring Pat Mulieri. Ken Littlefield, Mike Moore and Bob Robertson are all looking to get that nomination, with the winner facing Democrat Erika Remsberg in a couple months.
When heading out to the polls, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley says to remember that Florida law requires two forms of identification at the polls containing a signature and a photograph. A driver’s license, which has both, would be enough to satisfy the requirement, Corley added.
Those without proper identification will be given a provisional ballot. In order for that ballot to count, however, the voter will have to show proper identification no later than 5 p.m. on the second day following the election.
The Laker/Lutz News, honored earlier this year by the Florida Press Association for its local government coverage, has extensively covered the Pasco County elections. To get caught up, click on any of the links below.
Nearly 6,000 turn out for early voting – 8/23/14
Wilson still collecting checks from development community – 8/22/14
Moore tops $100,000, makes district race most expensive – 8/22/14
Littlefield not ready to retire from public service just yet – 8/21/14
Moore brings big voice to Pasco, but is ready to listen too – 8/21/14
Community service morphs into government service for Robertson – 8/21/14
Campaign Crunch: Candidates reveal where their dollars are coming from – 8/14/14
Wells seeks next generation of leadership on commission – 8/14/14
Wilson depending on divine hand in re-election quest – 8/14/14
Let them go? – 8/7/14
County’s vo-tech program needs some TLC, Luikart says – 8/7/14
Yacht says school district needs protection from itself – 8/7/14
Corley warns of ‘misleading information’ from voter group – 7/18/14
Simple ways offered to make voting hassle-free – 7/17/14
Voters are mad, and it could affect turnout this November – 7/3/14
Littlefield challenges experience of his commission opponents – 7/3/14
Mulieri endorses candidate to replace her – 7/2/14
Voters can ride the bus for free to polls – 6/26/14
Commission race an open primary, other candidates qualify – 6/26/14
Paperwork snafu costs Diaz chance for Tallahassee – 6/20/14
Voters to decide between Wells, Wilson in August – 6/20/14
Moore tops Wells in monthly campaign financing – 5/13/14
Wells comes out swinging in commissioner race – 5/8/14
Altman officially files for school board re-election – 5/7/14
Mike Wells challenges Henry Wilson for commission seat – 4/4/14
Commission candidate among those appointed to planning council – 4/1/14
Commission candidates (mostly) avoid elevated toll road debate – 3/7/14
Wilson not convinced Pasco needs elevated road – 2/6/14