Freshman state Sen. Wilton Simpson greeted political leaders and residents at the opening of his New Port Richey district office on Dec. 1.
The Republican's New Port Richey office will help anchor the expansive District 18. The district covers parts of Pasco and Sumter counties, as well as all of Hernando County. Simpson's district office, at 5612 Grand Blvd., is about a block north of Gulf Drive.
Simpson, a Dade City-area egg farmer and businessman, and wife Kathy filled two barrels with canned goods donated by visitors during the office unveiling. The food will go to the Salvation Army Pasco Corps to help feed families here.
The event gave people a chance to meet Simpson's legislative assistants, Judy Parker, Patrick Weightman and Rachel Perrin Rogers.
Guests at the opening included Pasco Republican State Committeeman Bill Bunting and his wife, Ann, a Pasco-Hernando Community College professor who chatted with Simpson about education goals.
State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, stopped by Simpson's office. Fasano represented Pasco in the Senate the last decade but was barred from seeking another term in the upper chamber by state term limits, so he mounted a successful campaign to return to the House.
New Port Richey City Council members Rob Marlowe and Bill Phillips spoke with Simpson about redevelopment in the city. They are particularly enthusiastic about a proposed community cleanup day in mid-January at the landmark Hacienda hotel in the downtown area.
Johannes Appelgrijn, executive director of West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, listened to Simpson about ways to support the program that builds homes for lower-income people.
For information, contact Simpson at (727) 816-1120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.