Two candidates qualified in the New Port Richey Municipal Mayoral election as of Friday, February 17 at 12:00 PM. No further candidates may qualify for this upcoming spring election. Voting day is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th with polls open from 7 AM – 7 PM. Traditionally, voting in municipal elections on election day takes place at the City’s Recreation and Aquatic Center. Early voting is also available by mail-in-ballot and at City Hall.
The two qualified candidates are:
Incumbent Mayor Rob Marlowe, 63, who is just completing his first term as Mayor, and has also previously served two terms on City Council, three of which were as deputy mayor, a post chosen by his fellow council members. Marlowe owns a computer networking business in downtown New Port Richey called Gulf Coast Networking, and regularly writes a column about New Port Richey called “NPR NOTES” that we run regularly here on NewsPortRichey.org. Mayor Marlowe says he is running for re-election because he believes he has shown proven leadership and that “the accomplishments of the last three years show that my leadership was exactly what was needed… There is still much work to be done and I believe that my proven leadership is critical to continuing to move New Port Richey forward.”
Challenger Ed Beckman, 51, retired as a Major with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department in 2015 after serving 30 years in the department, starting at the age of 22. For the last ten years of his career, Beckman oversaw the Sheriff’s He currently serves on the New Port Richey Police Department’s Police Pension Board, the board of the Florida West Credit Union, and the Pasco Sheriff Charities Board, among others. Mr. Beckman told NewsPortRichey in a phone interview that he is running for Mayor because he believes the City is in a “transition period” and said he has “organizational leadership [experience] that I can bring to the Council.” Mr. Beckman would like interested voters to visit his campaign Facebook page.
NewsPortRichey will provide more detailed information on voting procedures as well as a future article on each of the candidate’s platforms this spring. There will also be an editorial endorsement of one of the candidates based on their positions.