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  TAMPA BAY TIMES ENDORSES

LEDBETTER, MURPHY, AND REMSBERG


We have a “hat trick” now.  


Amanda Murphy

District 36

New Port Richey Democrat Amanda Murphy has demonstrated her ability to work in a bipartisan manner since winning a 2013 special election to fill the west Pasco seat formerly held by Republican Mike Fasano.

Murphy, 44, a financial adviser at Raymond James Financial Inc., was the leader among the nearly all-Republican Pasco delegation in getting a local bill passed to allow a portion of St. Leo to separate from the rest of the incorporated town. She also worked with Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, to obtain funding to address drainage issues in a west Pasco neighborhood.

Murphy's concerns stretch beyond the county line. The Democrat pushed legislation to repeal the nuclear cost recovery fee that allowed Duke Energy to bill ratepayers for more than $3 billion in costs to nuclear plants that are closed or will never be built. She also sponsored legislation to accept federal Medicaid expansion money to provide health care coverage to uninsured Floridians. Republicans blocked both issues.

Chris Gregg, 44, works in business development for a health care company. The Republican's platform can be summed up as free market. He wants to spend more public money on private school tuition vouchers and opposes accepting Medicaid expansion money. The New York Times estimated nearly 30,000 people in Pasco County fall below the poverty line but do not qualify for a federally subsidized health plan because they make too little.

Murphy deserves to be elected to a full term. For Florida House District 36, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Amanda Murphy.

Beverly Ledbetter

District 38

The race to succeed retiring House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, pits Democrat Beverly Ledbetter, a retired high school teacher, against Republican Danny Burgess, a lawyer and captain in the U.S. Army Reserve where he serves as a judge advocate. Ledbetter is the stronger candidate.

Ledbetter, 61, has a better grasp of the issues facing the district, particularly education. She opposes the expansion of private tuition vouchers, and she supports the creation of small business incubators and efforts to preserve and enhance agriculture. She understands the importance of preserving lands and protecting drinking water supplies — and the dangers of overpumping that have created problems in Pasco in the past. Ledbetter also supports accepting Medicaid expansion money to expand health coverage to low-income Floridians.

Burgess, 28, a former mayor and City Council member in Zephyrhills, does not have a similar grasp of state issues. He wants more local control for school boards but fails to acknowledge state education requirements. He opposes expanding Medicaid but offers no alternatives. He suggests counties offer property tax incentives to encourage nonprofit health centers to open in needy communities. But nonprofits already are exempt from paying property taxes.

Ledbetter knows the issues and the district. For Florida House District 38, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Beverly Ledbetter.


Remsberg for Pasco County Commission

Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:04am


Erika Remsberg is the Democratic candidate for Pasco County Commisison, District 2.

The Pasco County Commission needs Erika Jean Remsberg, the Democratic candidate for District 2. Remsberg, 43, of Land O'Lakes, is the homeless liaison and social worker

for the Pasco County School District and will bring a much-needed perspective to a board too frequently dominated by business-friendly platitudes.

The District 2 seat is based in central Pasco and is held by retiring 20-year incumbent Pat Mulieri. Candidates must meet the district's residency requirements, but they are elected by voters countywide.

Remsberg, like state legislative candidate Beverly Ledbetter, took to riding the Pasco County Public Transportation system around the east side of the county to meet and talk to the people often overlooked in commission campaigns — disadvantaged residents relying on public buses to get around and on affordable housing to keep a roof over their heads. Those are the families Remsberg works with on an individual basis and she's seeking elected office to set policy and budget priorities to help a broader constituency. The problem, she said, is a disconnect between the policies the county is pursuing and many of the people who actually live here.

She wants the county to allocate its resources based on a data-driven needs assessment of public services, rather than setting budget priorities according to the desires of affluent special interests and anonymous on-line public opinion surveys. For instance, a gas tax increase just approved by the commission would be better spent paving roads in lower-income areas instead of financing enhanced maintenance and a long-range capital plan that the building/ development community advocated. And, she thinks the county should be encouraging affordable, workforce housing instead of discounting transportation fees for high-end homes just because of where they are built.

Her opponent is Mike Moore who easily won a three-person Republican primary in August. Unfortunately, Moore, 43, offers few substantive ideas other than a pledge to limit taxes. Transportation  improvements. 

could be devised by volunteer engineers and vetted by the public, he said, and road maintenance can be financed by spending reserves earmarked for future road projects. It's myopic thinking. Likewise, he believes the constrained county budgets that forced reduced services can be solved by growth if government would just get out of the way with burdensome regulations.

Moore lives in Wesley Chapel and moved to Pasco County from New Tampa close to seven years ago. He does have personal expertise in business development having built and sold a successful home health care company and he now owns a business brokerage firm. He said he wants to be personally involved in recruiting new businesses to Pasco. It's an understandable desire, but it's a duty that already falls to the Pasco Economic Development Council.

Moore won't elevate the debate on the commission; private business interests already have plenty of representation. Remsberg, however, will force the commission to consider a constituency too often dismissed as irrelevant.

In the Nov. 4 election for Pasco Commission, District 2, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Erika Jean Remsberg.

 

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                               ELECTION NEWS!

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DEC members are now focused on the November elections.  

And Vote by Mail is being hailed as a big step in getting voters to cast their votes from the convenience of home.  Go to  the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections page by clicking here:  SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS


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HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERING  AT THE DEC OFFICE


               Roslyn Linnen—more than 3,000 phone calls to voters……a plaque for her service was given at the monthly DEC meeting on Oct. 14, 2014

                             



       

   Pasco DEC/Murphy Campaign Office

8106 US Hyw 19

Suite B

Port Richey, Florida. 34668

Directions. Off 19 just South of Ridge Road.

There is a large Amanda Murphy sign on the lawn facing US 19 near the office.

 The DEC Campaign Office Phone number is 727- 237-7099. 

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Amanda Murphy (go to District 36)    and Beverly Ledbetter (go to District 38) are in races for the State Legislature.  Amanda won the Special Election for District 36 and is up for Re-election to that seat.

If both Amanda and Beverly win we would then have two outstanding Reps in the Florida Legislature.

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        Erika Remsberg is running for County Commissioner.

 Go to  Pasco County Commission  pages for more information on Erika.

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