Mike Wells picked up an endorsement Tuesday for his Pasco County Commission re-election campaign from county tax collector and former Republican state Rep. Mike Fasano.
“It is my honor to endorse Mike Wells for Pasco County Commissioner. Mike is a true community servant, with the experience necessary to effectively advocate on behalf of Pasco County and its residents. He has worked relentlessly to promote a business-friendly environment for our community and increase economic development,” Fasano said.
“Most important to me; Mike is a compassionate conservative, who stands up for our seniors and children. Mike is dedicated to standing up and speaking out for those who need it most. This election, Mike Wells has my support and endorsement for Pasco County Commissioner, District 4.”
Wells, a longtime Pasco resident, was elected to the commission in 2014 and currently serves as its vice chairman and is the commission’s representative on a number of area boards, including the Area Agency on Aging, the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Board and the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties.
The New Port Richey Republican said he was “humbled” to have Fasano’s backing for his re-election bid.
“Mike Fasano has always fought for our seniors and children. He stands up and speaks for those who are often overlooked. Mike Fasano has served the people of Pasco County for many years and represented us well in our state capitol. I am humbled and grateful to have Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s endorsement and support,” he said.
Fasano’s endorsement follows nods from other Pasco County leaders, including U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Sheriff Chris Nocco, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, former House Speaker Will Weatherford and Republican Rep. Danny Burgess.
Both Wells and fellow Republican commissioner Mike Moore, who holds the District 2 seat, are up for re-election in 2018.
Wells is currently running against Democrat Brandi Geoit, over whom he holds a massive cash on hand advantage. Through November, he had raised $131,255 and had more than $120,000 on hand, while Geoit had about $3,300 in her campaign account through the same date.