New Port Richey’s City Council election has come to a close. Incumbent councilment Chopper Davis and Jeff Starkey won re-election Tuesday night in a landslide result. Starkey pulled nearly as many votes as the rest of the candidates combined with 749, earning 40.55% of the vote. Davis pulled a respectable second place with 475 votes, earning 25.72% of the vote.
A total of 1,847 votes were cast for a voter turnout of 13.47%, which is average turnout for a New Port Richey municipal election. Rob Oman and Larry Andersen came in 3rd and 4th respectively, with a little more than 11% of the vote.
Davis and Starkey will be again sworn in to their office at the next city council meeting on April 19th at 7:00 PM in council chambers at city hall. They will serve a three year term expiring in April 2019 and each will then be eligible for one additional term, with term limits placed at nine years.
Chopper Davis ran on a platform of continuing his work on New Port Richey’s economic development. He has been a resident of New Port Richey since 1983. When asked about his greatest acheivement on Council, Davis cited the hiring of Economic Development Director Mario Iezzoni and the reduction in the downtown business vacancy from 50% to 20%.
Jeff Starkey describes himself as a “third generation insurance agent,” grew up in New Port Richey, and attended Gulf High School. He lives with his wife and two children in the city. Starkey has said he is proud of the city council’s hiring of an effective city manager in Debbie Manns, a sentiment which Mr. Davis echoed as well.
The next municipal election in New Port Richey is in April 2017 for the office of Mayor, currently occupied by New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe.