NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Commissioner Henry Wilson, facing a primary opponent in his first re-election bid, has asked the leaders of a toll road opposition group for campaign contributions and petition signatures.
Wilson, who represents Pasco’s fourth commission district but runs countywide, sent an email over the weekend to Pasco Fiasco leaders Rich Connors and Jason Amerson asking for their support in the upcoming election.
“Would you be so kind as to send out this email to the Pasco Fiasco group and ask them to sign the petition and mail it back to the campaign office?” he wrote. “I now have an opponent and it would be great to have the petitions. This signature would be to get me on the ballot.”
Mike D. Wells Jr., son of the longtime property appraiser — and former county commissioner — Mike Wells, is challenging Wilson for the Republican nomination.
County commissioners need about 3,000 signatures from Pasco registered voters to get on the ballot without having to pay a $4,871 qualifying fee.
Wilson attached a petition to the email and added, “Any help with these petitions, contributions and votes would be greatly appreciated.”
Wilson is the only sitting commissioner who has publicly opposed plans for an elevated toll road in the State Road 54/56 corridor. Connors and Amerson have helped rally thousands to fight the project.
“I sent it to Rich and Jason because those are the two people who reached out to me as a candidate,” Wilson said. “Every little bit helps.”
Wilson had raised about $19,000 in campaign contributions through March 31.