Port Richey holds special election for mayor

A special election Tuesday will possibly bring a close to the Port Richey mayoral saga. Five people -- Richard Bloom, William Columbo, Todd Maklary, Gregory Smithwick and Scott Tremblay -- are running for mayor, a post that has been empty for weeks. The saga began in February, when Mayor Dale Massad was arrested after allegedly shooting at Pasco County deputies who were serving a search warrant at his home. At the time, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco called Massad a "known drug user." Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Massad on Feb. 22, but the mayor resigned from office hours later.
Published: 5:58 PM EDT June 18, 2019
Updated: 5:58 PM EDT June 18, 2019