In a heavily favored result, New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe won re-election today with results coming in at 7:07 PM. 1,579 votes were reported by Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley’s Office in the “unofficial” result which will be made official on Friday. That number of votes puts the turnout at 17.79%, a full four and a half percentage points higher than the previous New Port Richey election which was at 13.47%.
Mayor Rob Marlowe earned a 56.62% majority with 894 votes.
Challenger and retired Pasco Sheriff’s Office Colonel Ed Beckman received 43.38% of the vote with 685 votes.
The campaign featured two candidates with similar platforms with little discernible differences beyond sharply contrasting views on the City’s relationship with Pasco County’s government. Mayor Marlowe had been critical of what he said was the County’s neglect of areas near city limits which were causing crime to spill over. The Mayor is in favor of annexing those troubled areas and seeking support from the County which he says had been lacking. Beckman suggested that the City should allow the County to take care of the problem before considering annexation, and downplayed any role the County had in the problem.
Beckman’s campaign had outfunded Marlowe’s by nearly two-to-one, with the lion’s share of the funding coming from groups and individuals outside of the city limits (88% the last time NewsPortRichey ran the numbers) to Marlowe’s 65% outside funding. Beckman had $12,000 in contributions to Marlowe’s $6,500.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the city for the next three years,” Marlowe said of his election, “the voters are have spoken clearly and I will do my best to make New Port Richey the best place on the Suncoast to live, work, and raise a family.”
Mayor Marlowe has won his second three-year term as Mayor and a mandate on his policies, largely centered around the redevelopment of the downtown area and the revitalization of Sims Park, clearly a cornerstone of the campaign and his tenure. That message clearly resounded with voters. Marlowe operates Gulf Coast Networking, an IT support business in downtown New Port Richey in operation since the early 2000s. He is an Eagle Scout, a Unit Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America (Troop 86 and 46) a graduate of Gulf High School, and has an MBA from the University of Florida. He he describes himself as a “proud Grandfather” and has six grandchildren.
Congratulations Mayor Marlowe!
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