Candidates Asked About Criminal History

All four Gulfport City Council Candidates discuss smoking ban, Clam Bayou, red light cameras and more at City of Gulfport and League of Women Voters "Meet the Candidates" Forum Monday night.

On Monday night, residents and supporters packed the Catherine Hickman Theater in Gulfport for the "Meet the Candidates" Forum moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Candidates discussed several topics and answered more than a dozen questions including:

"Have you ever been arrested or had a notice to appear for a felony or a misdemeanor in the past 10 years. If so, what was it for?"

Ward 3 Candidate Jennifer Salmon


Ward 3 Candidate James Perry

"Abosulutely not"

Ward 1 Candidate Dan Liedtke

"No and I'm not trying to."

Ward 1 Candidate David Hastings

"I had a notice to appear, a ticket, for marijuana possesion outside of the restaurant some eight years ago. We paid the ticket, that was it. That’s the only thing that I’ve experienced."

Voting Day

On Tuesday, March 13, voters will decide who should represent the city for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 council seats.

Teddy Kehoe February 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
We also heard that none of our City Council or the Challengers had felony arrest on their records… Now based on the attendance at the forum, I could probably guess who sent that lame question in. But the fact is the fact. D. Hastings has a ticket for Marijuana, A TICKET, a misdemeanor for something that is legal 18 states of these United States, with more states to come this year. She should of remembered that that question was asked by the Taylor camp last campaign and was answered the same. I think anyone (or group) who follows the Ian philosophy of campaign tactics is doomed…Just Saying . Lets find out who voted for President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama and half our Senators and Congres sPersons who also claimed Marijuanna use. As we have found out...this is not an issue to 9 out of 10 voters.
Philip Penrose February 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I agree - cheap shot. I'm not privy to the different political factions in town - but that was an embarrassingly simplistic tactic. Big-league-type smear in a little league game.
jo February 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Phil, it wasn't embarrassing to Dave, it was a cheap shot from people who have plenty to hide. Once again, it was found on the grounds of the restaurant.I remeber years ago,when I first started here, some of the officers would come around to see what they"COULD FIND" it was an order they told me.One detective even came here w/ pictures of a U Haul truck in the alley and he asked me if i knew anything about it and i honestly had no idea, so then he called me an "EMPHATICAL" liar' i got scared and called Dave,who was w/ Lawerance Burke and they both came up. The mystery of the U Haul truck was solved when Lawerence took a good look at the pictures and it was a delivery from SAM'S CLUB. So we are no strangers to cheap shots and a whole lot more. We can take it because we are not the bad guys here, we have just had to deal with them. Human nature, it seems, would rather tear people down.
mtober February 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Phillip- What I find sad is that a Liedtke/Perry supporter has already twisted this into it being a "substance abuse" issue. They seem to have a proclivity for twisting the truth and facts on many issues. I just don't understand. It is one thing to disagree about an issue but to ignore and / twist the facts is scary. See the comments under the Clam Bayou/Live Aboards topic.
Mr. Fish February 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
It seems to me that over half of the residents of Gulfport have substance abuse problems. Whether it be alcohol, marijuana or other prescription or non prescription drugs. This should be a non issue to most voters. Perhaps if the police were to crack down on these abusers it might be an issue in the upcoming election.
jo February 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
You can "EXCLUDE" us from that half! Thank you very much.
Philip Penrose February 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Should we ask Mr. Fish how he came to his conclusions about Gulfport residents and substance abuse? I wonder where I stand in his conclusion. I have never met anyone named Mr. Fish - so I doubt he has any knowledge of any susbstance abuse problems I may or may not have.
Mr. Fish February 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I would imagine that Philip is in the 50% that does not have a substance abuse problem. Since those people (the other 50%) don't really care what happens in Gulfport and would not be found writing comments on the "Patch". And while my observation is probably accurate within the acceptable 5% margin of error, it doesn't take a genus to see the same people buying a twelve pack of beer, a bottle of vodka every day to see that there is an abuse problem in America and/or Gulfport.


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