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Vice Mayor Endorses Swope, Mayor Backs Gualtieri

Who do you think should be the next Pinellas County Sheriff? Gulfport City leaders have picked their candidates.

General Election in November

On Tuesday, November 6, Gulfport voters will head to the polls and choose who they think is the best person to lead our county, our state and our county's sheriff's office, among other races.

The candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff are:

  • , (Rep)
  • (Dem)
  • Greg Pound, (Wri)

Endorsements by Gulfport City Leaders

Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes says he supports incumbent, Bob Gualtieri, while Vice Mayor Sam Henderson is endorsing Democratic Candidate Scott Swope. Fellow councilors, Jennifer Salmon, Dan Liedtke and Barbara Banno are currently not supporting a candidate.

Mayor Yakes says he met with Bob Gualtieri prior to the August primary and feels confident Gualtieri's views are in line with Gulfport's needs.

"I understood his point of views and the direction that he wished to lead our sheriff’s department.

I’ve had more opportunity than the other candidates to speak with a current sheriff. I don’t site the relationship as of key importance, as the knowledge of the county and small municipalities needs. That is important to me, (for Gualtieri) to understand the challenges we have to maintain our accredited police department."

"It just equates to my support," Yakes said.

Vice Mayor Sam Henderson says Swope is the best candidate and publicly endorsed Swope. Below is an excerpt from a media release from the Swope's campaign.

"I believe Scott Swope to be the best candidate for the important task of serving as Pinellas County Sheriff, and I further trust that if he is elected he will strive to improve the quality of services provided by our Sheriff's department," said Henderson.  

Swope responded, “I'm honored to have Councilmember Henderson's endorsement, and I look forward to working with him and his local officers to insure rapid response times for all of his fellow Gulfport citizens,” according to the release.

About the Candidates:

Learn more about all three candidates in our series, Candidates answered everything from shaping drug laws to contracting with cities.

Gualtieri and Swope also prepared a brief bio for Patch. Here are the links on Gulfport Patch:

Patch has also prepared profiles about each candidate:

Gina Burke August 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
"...he will strive to improve the quality of services provided by our Sheriff's department" I just want to know if there are any issues with the services that we are currently receiving from Pinellas County Sheriff. Councilman Henderson and Mr. Swopes are implying that there are issues with response times, etc. In recent times, I have had to call the non-emergency number with PCS and have received nothing but stellar service. As a citizen of Gulfport, I think it only fair that we are notified, either through reports from Chief Vincent or through articles in the local media, as to what the issues are and how the current sheriff is addressing them. To date, I have not seen any issues listed in the weekly City Manager's Report. If there are no issues, I do believe that it is a dis-service for the Councilman to imply that there are.
Bulldog August 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
If you haven't clicked the link o the Palm Harbor Patch article on Pound you should do so before you commit to either of the other two, here is the link: http://palmharbor.patch.com/articles/pound-personally-motivated-to-defend-human-rights This is the man for the sheriffs's chair, he's got my vote :)
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Why there are elected officials that are called "Democrats" and the reason they "all" run for these offices in this party. The "Useless Idiots" vote for them with blind eyes and very little knowledge. The article below is a democrat and tells his own to get educated before making statements they don't know what they are talking about. Sound familiar? Do you have a next door neighbor like this? http://itmakessenseblog.com/2011/09/17/democrat-james-carville-says-80-of-democrats-dont-have-a-clue-as-to-political-reality/
Bulldog September 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You keepa going thereTater, your mommasisteraunt did a fine job raising you and yourn doing a fine job representin as spokesperson for the rebubklican party. Seriously, on behalf of enlightened liberals and democrats everywhere,Thank you :)

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