2012 Voting Guide

Here's a guide to help you when you vote in the upcoming election. Besides selecting our next president, the ballot will be packed with a lot of Florida issue.

Candidates

The Republican Party of Pasco supports the following candidates for election:
President and Vice President -- Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan
United States Senator -- Connie Mack
United States Congress District 12 -- Gus Michael Bilirakis
Florida Representative District 36 -- Mike Fasano
Clerk of the Court -- Paula O’Neil
Sheriff -- Chris Nocco
Property Appraiser -- Mike Wells
Tax Collector -- Ed Blommel
Superintendent of Schools -- Kurt Browning
Board of County Commissioners -- Kathyrn Starkey
Mosquito Control Commissioner Seat 1 -- Shannon “Randy” Holm

Florida Constitutional Amendments

Vote YES on all Amendments.

1. Health Care Services
A yes vote does not allow the personal mandate of Obamacare to be implemented in Florida.

2. Veterans Disabled Due to Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount
A yes vote expands the homestead exemption for Disabled Veterans to include veterans who moved to Florida after entering the military.

3. State Government Revenue Limitation
A yes vote changes the cap on revenue the state can collect to reflect population growth and inflation not income, to limit growth of government.

4. Property Tax Limitations; Property Value Decline; Reduction For Nonhomestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal
A yes vote means you favor certain tax breaks to aid small business, promote first time home buyers and eliminate the recapture rule of save our homes, to stimulate the economy.

5. State Courts
A yes vote would require State Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointment of Supreme Court justices.

6. Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions; Construction of Abortion Rights
A yes vote would make the federal ban on public funding part of the Florida Constitution and limit the scope of state privacy law in challenging Pro Life laws.

8. Religious Freedom
A yes vote means institutions with a religious affiliation can receive public funds for charitable purposes in line with other charitable institutions.

9. Homestead Property Tax Exemption For Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder
A yes vote would enshrine the tax exemption presently in effect for veterans or first responders into the Florida Constitution.

10. Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption
A yes vote will double the tangible personal property tax emption to aid small business.

11. Additional Homestead Exemption; Low-Income Seniors Who Maintain Long-Term Residency on Property; Equal to Assessed Value
A yes vote would give an additional property tax exemption to low income seniors who have lived in their home for more than 25 years.

12. Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University System
A yes vote would change the way the state selects the student representative on the Board of Governors so it is more representative of the entire state university student body.

Retention of Supreme Court Justinces

Vote NO on retention of Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente and Peggy A. Quince.
A no vote would remove liberal Supreme Court justices from the court.