Candidates

Listed below are the current Federal, State and Pasco County candidates who have qualified to be on the 2018 ballot.  Each candidate was asked to provide us with their campaign information and that is what we have listed here.  Hyperlinks have been added where possible for your convenience.

The Pasco Democratic Party encourages you to get to know who is running for office by visiting candidate websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.  Included here is information from the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections with voter registration deadlines and election dates.

2018 Election Dates:

Election                Book Closing Date    Date of Election           

Primary                  July 30, 2018               August 28, 2018

General                  October 9, 2018         November 6, 2018

The Book Closing Date is the statewide deadline to register to vote or change your political party for any election if you are already registered. For first time voters in Florida, a completed voter registration form must be in the Supervisor of Elections’ office, or postmarked, by the book closing date. If you have relocated to a new address within Florida, register that address with the Supervisor of Elections’ office as soon as possible.

The deadline to register for an upcoming election is 29 days before that election. You can also update your registration record at any time. However, since Florida is a closed primary election state, a party change for a primary election must be made by the registration deadline for that election. If the deadline has passed, you can still submit an online application at any time and it will be processed for future elections.

An online sample ballot will usually be available 25-30 days prior to an election. Immediately following the election, the sample ballot will be replaced by the election results.

United States Senate

Bill Nelson  (Incumbent)

  Website:  nelsonforsentate.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/BillNelsonForSenate

Twitter:  twitter.com/SenBillNelson

Bill Nelson has always fought for Florida first.  A fifth-generation Floridian whose family home was just a few miles from where he was launched into orbit in 1986 as a crew member of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Bill’s Florida roots run deep.  His experience includes more than 40 years of public service, first in the Florida State Legislature, then the United States Congress before serving as a State Cabinet Officer and, since 2001, the United States Senate.

Earning a reputation as a consensus builder and problem solver, Bill Nelson has fought hard to protect Florida’s interests and those of all Floridians.  Whether it’s helping to keep Florida bases strong or securing aid for hurricane victims, Bill has been a leader when it comes to protecting and fighting for the Sunshine State.  From his key position on the Armed Services Committee, he has been instrumental in ensuring that Florida retains its key role as a leading center for military operations, also making sure that our state’s many veterans have a voice in Washington.  A champion for protecting Florida’s environment and economy, Bill Nelson is a staunch foe of big oil companies wanting to drill off our coast.  With his commitment to the state’s many seniors, Senator Nelson remains an unwavering defender of Social Security.

After more than four decades of public service, a consistent theme holds true:  Bill Nelson fights against powerful special interests on behalf of our country and on behalf of all Floridians.  Always has.  Always will.

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United States House of Representatives

District 12

Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018
General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Chris Hunter

Website:  chrishunterforcongress.com
            Email:  info@chrishunterforcongress.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/chrishunterforcongress

Twitter:  twitter.com/ChrisHunterFL

Instagram:  instagram.com/ChrisHunterforCongress

Campaign Office Location

1819 Short Branch Drive – # 103
Trinity, Florida 34655
Phone:  (727) 200-6259

Chris Hunter served as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and as a Special Agent with the FBI. As a federal prosecutor, he was a leader on our nation’s health care fraud strike force protecting Medicare, TRICARE, and health care programs for all of us. As an FBI agent, he investigated counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and international fugitive matters. Chris resigned from the Justice Department to run for Congress to stand up for our country and for all of us. Together, we can restore honest service and work toward a bright future focused on opportunity and security, where first-class education, renewable energy, sustainability, and good-paying jobs power a 21st century innovation economy.       

Stephen Perenich 

Website:  perenichforcongress.com

Email:  lisa@perenichforcongress.com

Facebook:  Stephen Perenich for Congress

Twitter: @PerenichFL12

Instagram:  @perenichforcongress

Campaign Office Location

8032 Old County Road 54
New Port Richey, Florida 34653
Phone:  (727) 888-4149

A vote for me, Stephen Perenich, is a call to re-train, re-purpose and re-educate Americans for careers of future prosperity – including infrastructure, technology and clean energy – at a livable minimum wage of $15/hr.  Having followed this plan in my business, I fostered a hopeful and productive workforce – resistant to addiction and desperation.

I will fight for Medicare For All on moral grounds.  I will fight corruption by introducing bills to reform campaign finance and eliminate special interest dominance, thus restoring Congressional representation to constituents.  We will restore public institutions and Constitutional norms, which protect our liberties through checks and balances.  I’m Stephen Perenich, District 12 is my childhood home, and my ears, heart and loyalty will forever stand with my neighbors here.

Robert Tager

Website: www.tagerforcongress.com

Email: tager@tagerforcongress.com

Facebook: facebook.com/tagerforcongress

Twitter:  twitter.com/tagerforcongres

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tagerforcongress/

I ran against Bilirakis in 2016 because he refused to hear us or represent us and I have continued my campaign into 2018 to replace his silence with our collective voices.

I’ve lived in the District for 20 years and as a criminal defense lawyer I know how to fight for fairness. When elected, I’ll pursue healthcare for all, a Medicare public option, and drug price reductions. I’ll fight for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA. I’ll work for better public education, trade schools, and renewable energy, which provide a more prosperous future. I support unions, middle class and will work to restore the upward mobility that is now lacking. I believe in Equality, Opportunity, and Dignity.

Positions and solutions on my website.

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Governor

 Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018
General Election Date: November 6, 2018

 Andrew D. Gillum

Website:  andrewgillum.com

 

Gwen Graham

Website:  gwengraham.com

 

Jeff Greene

Chris King

Website:  chriskingforflorida.com

Philip Levine

Website:  philiplevine2018.com

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Attorney General

 Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018
General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Sean Michael Shaw

Website:  seanshaw.com

 

Ryan C. Torrens

Website:  ryanforattorneygeneral.com

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Chief Financial Officer

 General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Jeremy Ring

Website:  jeremyring.com

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Commissioner of Agriculture

 Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018
General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Nicole “Nikki” Fried

 

Jeffrey Duane Porter

Roy David Walker

Website:  walkerforflorida.com

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 Florida State Senate

District 16

 General Election Date: November 6, 2018

 Amanda Murphy

Website:  amandamurphyfl.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/AmandaMurphyfl

Twitter:  twitter.com/AmandaMurphyFL

 I proudly served Pasco County for three years and have a proven record of fighting for hard-working middle-class families, for equality for everyone, for affordable health care and for jobs that pay a living wage.  With the support of Pasco, we will turn this District blue!

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District 20

 Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018

General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Joy Gibson

Website:  joygibsonforstatesenate.com

Email:  info@joygibsonforstatesenate.com

Facebook:  Facebook/Joy Gibson for State Senate

Phone:  813-618-3931

I am running for State Senate District 20 because I want laws that put people first!  Real people are affected by poor policies and it continues to make us insecure.  I want to restore our security because we deserve:
Secure Schools
Secure Jobs
Secure Healthcare
Secure Retirement

Kathy Lewis

Website:  kathyforflorida.com

Email: kathy@kathyforflorida.com

Facebook: facebook.com/KathyLewisfor2018

My name is Kathy Lewis, and I would be honored to earn you vote for Florida State Senate District 20. As your State Senator, I’ll work for you and fight for our families. It’s that simple. I have seen first-hand how Florida is failing our most vulnerable citizens, and our leaders are doing nothing to change that. They care more about what’s best for big sugar, charter schools, and pharmaceutical companies than what’s best for their constituents. It’s time for new leadership. I’m focused on ensuring that every child has access to a quality public school education, protecting our environment, and fixing our healthcare system. I hope you will join our team and help us make Florida a better place for everyone.

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Florida State House

District 36

 General Election Date: November 6, 2018

 Dr. Linda Jack

Website:  ElectLindaJack.com

Email:  ElectLindaJack@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/ElectLindaJack

Phone:  (727) 437-2018

Dr. Linda Jack is a Florida native and an experienced leader running to represent District 36 (West Pasco) in the Florida State House.  Dr. Jack has spent decades actively involved in community support work and volunteer service, and now she’s ready to fight to keep our local tax dollars close to home – paying for housing assistance, flood relief, and other vital programs. She’ll work tirelessly to stop the underfunding of our public schools and the teachers who work there, and support initiatives that offer real pathways out of addiction and poverty.  With all the complex challenges facing West Pasco, Dr. Jack is the dedicated, competent leader we need in Tallahassee to represent our dynamic population.

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District 37

 General Election Date: November 6, 2018

 Tammy Garcia

Website:  votetammygarcia.com

Email: tammyforpasco@gmail.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/votetammygarcia

 Tammy Garcia is a mother, a wife, and a Florida native. She is dedicated to fighting for the people of Florida. She will work to improve our public education system and increase teacher pay. Tammy will move Florida forward by demanding increased solar energy production. She will fight to protect our resources by banning offshore drilling and fracking. Tammy will fight for equality for all. This includes ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, ensuring criminal justice equity, fighting for women’s healthcare rights, and making the LGBT community a protected class.

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Board of County Commissioners

 District 2

 General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Kelly Smith

Website: kellyforpasco.com

Email:  kelly@kellysmithforpascocounty.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/KellySmithforPascoCountyCommissioner

Phone:  813-704-0262

 Kelly lives in Wesley Chapel with her husband Patrick and their three children. She has a background in land use and planning having served as the Zoning Administrator for the City of Marco Island for eight years. Her professional experience also includes several years as a land planner for a civil engineering firm. She has been an operations coordinator for an international engineering firm specializing in transportation engineering since relocating from Naples in 2008. She is qualified to make sure Pasco County is being led by responsible growth and development decisions. Kelly also has a long history of serving the community as a guardian ad litem, photographer with the Pinellas-Pasco Heart Gallery, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Messengers of Hope Mission.

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District 4

General Election Date: November 6, 2018

Brandi Geoit

 

Website: brandicampaign.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/GeoitforDistrict4

Twitter:  twitter.com/GeoitforPasco

I am running for office in Pasco County because I believe the people of Pasco deserve a local government that listens to them.   I am used to fighting for people and will bring my advocacy skills to the office and my fighting spirit.   I believe that the people of Pasco deserve better.   They deserve a government that cares and will listen to them.   I will be an elected official who has their interests in mind and not those of the developers.  I am endorsed by Teamsters Local 79,  #VOTEPROCHOICE and The Florida NOW PAC.  For more information on my campaign please follow me on Twitter and Facebook and check out my website.

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Pasco County School Board

 District 1

 Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018

 Kenneth “Kenny” Mathis

Facebook:  facebook.com/Kenneth-James-Mathis

 

Brian Staver

Website: staver2018.com

The Pasco County school system faces many problems. We need a proven problem solver on the Board.  My background in the business world involved making informed, unbiased decisions and I will bring that to the Board. Our children deserve so much more than what is provided. My pledge is to work to bring more curriculum choices so no child in Pasco is forgotten. I will listen to you and act in the best interest of each child.

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District 3

Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018

Meghan Hamer

Website: hamer4pascoschools3.com

Email:  Meghanehamer@gmail.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/meghanforpascoschools

Meghan Hamer is running for Pasco County School Board District 3.  Meghan believes in order for Pasco County to see real change there needs to be change in our schools. She proposes to do so through her 3 Rs for Pasco Schools.  They are:

Responsible Building and Growth ─ We need to prepare for the expected population growth by building and expanding schools now incoming students.

Robust, Comprehensive Curriculum ─ We need to work with our teachers to create a curriculum that prepares our students for their future careers and academic pursuits.

Readiness for the Future ─ Develop and grow technical readiness programs so all students may have an education for their future.

With these changes we can ensure Pasco is a great place for all who call it home.

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District 5

Primary Election Date: August 28, 2018

 Mike Aday

Facebook: facebook.com/MikeAday4Pasco

Email:  mikeaday4pasco@gmail.com

Phone:  727-859-7095

I’m Mike Aday. I’m running for Pasco County School Board District 5 in order to build a better tomorrow. Not just for my son, who is six and in the public schools, or the students I have been teaching over the past eight years as a public school educator, but also to support all kids, families, and the community. It starts by making education a priority in Pasco. I believe we need safer schools, but also to secure the future for our students by providing preparation and opportunities for the jobs of tomorrow. The reality is only when we all come together as stake holders in education can we all be part of the solution for not just some children, but all of our students.

 Kathryn “Kassie” Hutchinson

Website: KassieCares.com

Email:  Kassie@Hutch4PascoSchools5.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/Hutch4PascoSchools5

Phone:  (727) 236-2700

 Kassie Hutchinson will bring accountability to our school board, accessibility to our schools, and attainability to our curriculum. Kassie will use her experience as a high school English teacher and as a law student to turn Pasco schools into an example for surrounding counties. She respects teachers and believes and maintaining our union for teacher protections. She believes in students and giving them every chance to succeed in whatever field they desire. She thinks education should be holistic and focus on creating a community where students can thrive. Kassie wants to leave a legacy in Pasco where people will use their voices to advocate for others because helping others helps everyone.

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Mosquito Control

 Seat 2

 General Election Date: November 6, 2018

 Andy Carney

Email: carneyformosquitocontrol@gmail.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/andycarneymosquitocontrol

As a candidate for the Pasco County Mosquito Control District ─ Seat 2, I promise to champion the most financially sound budget that will provide the greatest safeguards for Pasco County residents, utilizing the most environmentally sound products and services available. Living in Pasco County, with family, friends, and colleagues living throughout the area, I am deeply invested in the health and well being of the residents of this county, and look forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact in this role.

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