Zephyrhills City Council elections will be held April 9 at the Alice Hall Community Center in front of Zephyr Park.
There are two seats contested in the election. Seat 3 incumbent Kent Compton is challenged by political newcomer Rose Hale.
And Seat 1 incumbent Lance Smith is challenged by former city Councilman Manny Funes.
The mayor’s position is unopposed and will be filled by the sole candidate, former city Councilman Danny Burgess.
Questions taken from the 2013 Zephyrhills Citizen Satisfaction Survey were posed to the candidates of the contested seats by The Pasco Tribune.
Answers to the questions provided by Compton and Hale are being published today.
Answers provided by Smith and Funes will be published next week.
Compton, 48, was born in Washington state and moved to Florida at age 7. He has lived in Zephyrhills for 20 years. He is married to former city Councilwoman Cathi Compton. They have three children.
Hale, 42, is the owner of Rose’s Café on Fifth Avenue in Zephyrhills. She was born in New York and moved to Florida 34 years ago. She has lived in Zephyrhills for 11/2 years. She is married to Jeff Hale. They have three children.
The city seeks to create jobs through investments in the chamber, Main Street and the PEDC. These entities have been allocated unprecedented funding in exchange for services to market the city, develop incentives to existing and new businesses, and provide a coalition of local and regional leadership working toward the same goal of job creation in Zephyrhills.
Other critical components include education and the airport. First, the city can provide direction to the coalition to attempt to capture a vocational school, possibly on the Hercules property. A good education equals a good job. Second, the city has a growing airport. It is now self-sustaining and poised for a good future. In January, we met with (Florida House) Speaker (Will) Weatherford at the airport and provided presentations seeking a new terminal and substantial runway improvements. We seek to capitalize on our unique location between Interstates 4 and 75.