2018 General Election Ballot
Listed below are the current Federal, State and Pasco County candidates who have qualified to be on the 2018 General Election 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.
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United States Senate
Bill Nelson (Incumbent)
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.
United States House of Representatives
Campaign Office Location
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.
Andrew D. Gillum
Sean Michael Shaw
Chief Financial Officer
Commissioner of Agriculture
Nicole “Nikki” Fried
Florida State Senate
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!
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.
Florida State House
Dr. Linda Jack
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.
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.
Board of County Commissioners
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.
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.
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.