New Port Richey City Councilman and Deputy Mayor Bill Phillips announced this afternoon that he is formally withdrawing from the County Commission primary race for District #5. Mr. Phillips said that his reason for withdrawing was because he puts his “family first,” and his mother has recently been very ill.
Mr. Phillips indicated in his letter that he intends to continue to serve on the New Port Richey City Council, and that he would seek to remain in that post for the rest of his two year term, ending in Spring 2018.
Read the full text of Mr. Phillips’ announcement below:
As of February 25, 2016 I am withdrawing from the District #5 County Commission race. My decision can best be summed up with 2 words: family first.
My mother, Penny Mott, who recently turned 83, has been in the hospital 3 times in the last 6 weeks, with the last stay lasting 13 days. We were finally able to get her home last week, and we now have Hospice following her moving forward. As a single mother of 2 my Mom made many, many sacrifices for my sister and me, which allowed us the opportunity to go to college and lead our successful lives. This is our opportunity to pay her back, make her comfortable and show her the love and respect she has earned. In particular, as her primary caregiver and decision maker it is my responsibility is to be available whenever needed as she progresses through her treatments.
After praying over this matter I know that withdrawing as a Commission candidate is simply the right thing to do. It would not be fair to my friends & supporters throughout Pasco County who have expressed their support of me so far, if I were not fully focused and engaged in this campaign.
Be assured, I intend to continue my 25+ years of service to Pasco and especially to the West Pasco area. I am blessed to have my wife and sister to help with Mom’s care, and I want to thank them for all of their help.
At the same time, with two years remaining on my City Council term, I look forward to continuing to move New Port Richey forward along with my colleagues.
If you are so inclined, I hope you will keep Mom in your thoughts and prayers. She is a special lady and more deserving than I can express.
Thank you and God bless you.