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About Pat

Pat knows what our families are going through. She knows, because she was almost one of those people to fall through the cracks. Pat went back to college at 26. She worked two jobs and took night classes to get through graduate school.

After lifting herself up, Pat chose to give back by working in human services. For 38 years, Pat has worked in mental health, victim services, domestic violence and family services. Seventeen years ago, she decided to take her voice to the Largo City Commission and 11 years ago, she became the city’s first female mayor.

While other politicians used the recession as an excuse to gut programs on which people rely, Pat was a vocal advocate for smart cuts and sustainable investment in Largo and its people. Under her leadership, Largo built Pinellas County’s first Platinum LEED certified building, providing valuable services to thousands of residents while keeping operating costs low. Under Pat’s leadership, Largo also completely overhauled their permit application process, enabling small businesses to grow and create new jobs even during the economic downturn. She did all of this while cutting $12 million from the city budget in 5 years and keeping tax rates low.

On the County Commission, Pat has pushed to fulfill her 2014 campaign promise of making the county government work in cooperation with cities. She has also championed efforts to make county facilities and offices run more efficiently, to increase the availability of affordable housing and sustainable jobs, and to make government more accessible to citizens and businesses.

Pat knows how to help the county and cities work together. She has a proven record of working with Republicans and Democrats at both the city- and countywide levels to put people first. Whether it’s job creation, our EMS system, or transportation, we can count on Pat Gerard to continue to do what’s right for the people of Pinellas County.

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Pat Gerard, Democrat, for Pinellas County Commission, District 2
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