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Bilirakis retains congressional seat and the Penny for Pasco renewal passes

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Rep. Gus Bilirakis won reelection in the 12th congressional district,

Pasco voters easily reapproved the Penny for Pasco tax referendum that has been in effect for 18 years and has generated $1 billion for county school improvements and other government expenses.

Incumbent Republican Gus Bilirakis earned another term in Congress and Pasco County voters approved a countywide tax referendum.

Bilirakis retained his seat in the U.S. House in Florida's 12th congressional district, which represents Pasco and northern Pinellas counties. He defeated Democrat Kimberly Walker with 70 percent of the vote.

Pasco voters easily reapproved the Penny for Pasco tax referendum that has been in effect for 18 years and has generated $1 billion for county school improvements and government expenses such as sheriff's patrol cars and traffic improvements. The 1 percent sales tax will be in effect for for another 15 years.

Pasco election results:

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State Senate

District 21:

  • Hooper, Ed  (REP) - 68.05%
  • Lionheart, Amaro  (DEM) - 31.95%

District 23:

  • Burgess, Danny  (REP) - 65.40%
  • Harvey, Mike (DEM) - 34.60%

State House of Representatives

District 53:

  • Holcomb, Jeff  (REP) - 74.40%
  • Laufenberg, Keith G (DEM) - 35.60%

District 54:

  • Maggard, Randy  (REP) - 61.94%
  • Otwell, Ryan S. (NPA) - 2.25%
  • Staver, Brian  (DEM) - 35.81%

District 55:

  • Hacker Jr, Charles "C.J."  (CPF) - 22.22%
  • Steele, Kevin M. (REP) - 77.78%

School Board Member District 1

  • Al Hernandez - 65.08%
  • James Washington - 34.92%

Pasco County Referendum

2025 Penny for Pasco

For 64.58% Against 35.42%

To Fund Job Creation, Public Safety, Environmental Lands, Education and Infrastructure Shall a one-cent sales surtax continue to be levied, beginning in 2025 and continuing through 2039, and shared among Pasco County Schools (45%), Pasco County (45%), and Pasco's cities (10%) for: job creation and economic development, public safety infrastructure; acquiring environmentally sensitive lands; infrastructure for new schools, renovations, additions, athletics, instructional technology and security; parks and recreation infrastructure; transportation infrastructure; and public infrastructure

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