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James Perry: Specialty Contractor, Business Owner and Gulfport Native

James Perry wants to become your next Gulfport City Council Member for Ward 3. Learn more about the candidate, his experience and goals for Gulfport.

Name: James Perry

Ward: Council Member for Ward 3

Opponent: Incumbent Jennifer Salmon

Occupation: Owner of J. Perry Cabinets and Finished Carpentry Inc.

Education:

  • Boca Ciega High School Class of 1974
  • Contractor Training at Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute
  • 10 years of Contractors Continuing Education

James Perry is a specialty contractor, business owner and Gulfport native. Now, he's asking for your votes for Ward 3 City Council Member. Perry says it's time for him to "step up" and represent his ward and his City. You could say local politics run in his family.

"My father was on the City Council in the '60s, and my mother was on the City Council in the '90s," Perry said.

Perry says his priorities are also in line with his parents, specifically his mother. Perry says his mother believed in the police department and was adamant that Gulfport needed to keep it's own police department.

Perry says if elected, he will work hard to keep the Gulfport Police Department  in Gulfport. He says he's "very concerned" that the city could lose the department due to budget shortfalls and the down economy.

"I know it boils down to the budget, and if getting rid of the police department is the best thing for the city, that's one thing.

"People don’t realize when they put their heads on their pillows at night, how safe they really are (because of) the Gulfport Police Department."

Perry also hopes to lure more boats to the Gulfport Municipal Marina, see more children get involved with the Gulfport Little League and encourage more education about code enforcement issues and ordianances in the city.

Perry says he is aware of complaints and issues with drug activity in Ward Three. He urges neighbors to keep a watchful eye and report incidents to the Gulfport Police Department.

"I think that the city knows that there’s drug activity, and it’s just not solved overnight. I believe that they’re doing the right thing. It is very important to report any kind of drug activity. People need to help out a little bit with watching out for themselves and others, too."

Perry wants everyone to know that he supports city services, is thankful for growing up here, and wants to help mold the future of the city for generations to come.

For more information

Perry does not have a campaign manager. A website and Facebook page have not yet been set up. You can contact James Perry at his home at (727) 384-1807 or via email at jperry4council@aol.com.

The citywide vote is Tuesday, March 13. For more information about the municipal elections, refer to the the city's website.

Gulfport Patch has a Ward Map with this story.

Douglas Hudson January 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Well-said, Juan!
Bryan Tree January 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
If you support keeping drugs illegal... You support robberies and assaults on innocent people. The high prices of drugs caused by prohibition force many drug addicts to turn to robbery in order to pay for their drugs. Legalization would drop drug prices. Drug users would no longer need to rob/assault innocent people in order to support their drug habit. This violence against innocent people would end if drugs were legalized. You support clogging our prisons and jails with nonviolent people. Nearly 50% of all people in prison and jail are serving time for nonviolent drug charges. There are thousands of people in prisons for 5, 10, 50 years--even life--for possessing marijuana or cocaine! The average rapist is set free after serving only 3 years in prison, the average murderer is set free after serving only 9 years in prison! To house just one prisoner for one year costs the taxpayer $40,000! The result of these harsh penalties? Drug use has increased! (Tough laws have not stopped me from using marijuana--nor will they ever!) You support organized crime and drug cartels. Huge drug cartels and criminal organizations thrive off the enormous profits caused by drug prohibition. These organizations are responsible for thousands of murders! Many of people killed or hurt are innocent people who get in the way! These violent organizations will never be put out of business--unless drugs are legalized.
Frank Verdino January 10, 2012 at 07:13 AM
think life experience is what makes Jim Perry the best candidate. He has kept his company running and profitable through the hardest of times. He has done it not with cuts, but by being pro active and finding new revenue streams when old ones have dried up. His business requires constant planning for the next job, thinking about the future before there's a crisis.
Nancy Kelley January 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Jim seems like a nice guy. If you attended the forum at Town Shores Wednesday it should be perfectly clear that he is not prepared to sit on council and make difficult decisions. Dr. Jennifer Salmon has done a terrific job on council and is the best candidate with the most experience and devotion to her position. Elect Jennifer Salmon. Thank you.
Rainbow Energy January 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Watching Dr. Jennifer Salmon seek out the facts and listen to all sides of an issue before she voted makes me confident that staying the course with this smart, hard-working, warm, generous, and welcoming citizen will help insure that the Gulfport City Council will continue to have the critical mass of council members working in harmony in the best interest of the city and its citizens, not their own personal and/or business agendas.

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