Kathryn Starkey NOT running for Pasco County Commission

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Darn it!

Former Pasco County School Board member Kathryn Starkey tells me that she has decided NOT to run for the open seat on the County Commission prompted by the retirement of Anne Hidlebrand.

Starkey said moving into the district would have created too much “disruption” for her child, who is a high school sophomore.

Three candidates, all Republicans, have already filed to run in the newly redrawn District 3, which extends from New Port Richey along the State Road 54 corridor to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. They are Chris Gregg, Wil Richard Nickerson and Nikolas Tzoumas.

As for who else will jump into the race

Bill Bunting, Pasco County GOP state committeeman said, “This is going to open up a big field for Republican candidates to enter this race.”

Dr. Susan MacManus agreed: “Anytime you have an open seat, it brings out a lot of people who have a pent up desire to be a public official.”

As for Starkey, she says she has interesting job offer in front of her and will share details about it soon.

Good luck, Kathryn.

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