Voters in two Pasco municipalities will go to the polls Tuesday. Voting places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for elections in Zephyrhills and San Antonio. The following is everything you need to know about these elections (assembled from a variety of sources, including the Tampa Tribune.)
In Zephyrhills, voters will choose between incumbent Manny Funes and Charles Proctor for city council seat 5.
Funes, 66, has served on the city council since 2008.
A native of Hawaii, he served in the Air Force and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. He worked in law enforcement for 23 years. He also taught criminal justice at Zephyrhills High School for four years and since 2001 has been a Realtor, joining Prudential Tropical Realty in late 2010. He is married to Yvonne, his wife of nearly 30 years, and has two grown children.
Proctor has run Charlie’s Auto Detail for 21 years at 5529 Eighth St.
A native of Maine, Proctor, 46, is married to his wife of 15 years, Angela, and has one son, who serves in the Air Force. Proctor finished high school in Maine.
Vying for two positions on San Antonio City Commission are Mark Anderson, Tim Franke, Thomas “Geoff” Knight and Tim Newlon.
The open spots are being vacated by Sharon Madden and Tony Lister, both of whom decided not to file for re-election.
Anderson, 41, says he’ll bring a mix of financial expertise and a willingness to ask the tough questions if elected.
Anderson is married to his wife of eight years, Theresa, and has two children, Anna, 5, and Joseph, 2. He is a Tampa native who earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy at the University of South Florida; he also completed a fifth-year program at USF, concentrating in accountancy. A certified public accountant, he now works for MetLife in New Tampa as a director of derivative accounting and reporting and data integrity and analytics. He has lived in San Antonio since 2006.
Franke, 43, is a vice president and commercial loan officer at Florida Traditions Bank. A widower, he has three children: McKenna, 14, Silas, 11, and Hayden, 9.
A Wisconsin native, he graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He previously lived in Wesley Chapel, but has lived in San Antonio for four years.
Knight, 54, has been married to his wife, Linda, for 34 years and has five children. He came to San Antonio from Miami in 2008.
He earned his GED and completed a business education program through the PGA. His biographical information with the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections website includes professional experience as a certified automotive technician, golf pro, martial arts instructor and insurance company regional manager. Currently, he said, he designs automotive performance parts, teaches martial arts and works with advanced technologies.
He has previously sought an appointment to the board, but never pursued a spot by election.
Newlon, 40, is a certified public accountant at Newlon Services PA who has spent much of his life in San Antonio.
He was born in Michigan, but his family moved to San Antonio in 1979. Newlon graduated from Pasco High School in 1988 and went on to serve in the Army from 1988 to 1991. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of South Florida.
He lived for a time in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa, but moved back to San Antonio in 1997.
He has been married to his wife, Allison, for 16 years, and has four children: Samuel, 14, Harper, 10, Scout, 5, and Quincy, 3.
Newlon has submitted his name for vacancies on the commission three times in the past, but this is the first time he has pursued a spot through election.