Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic challenger Scott Swope called Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and left a message telling him to "do good for these next four years."
Democratic challenger for Pinellas County Sheriff Scott Swope thanked volunteers, supporters and friends at the VFW in Dunedin shortly after conceding to incumbent Bob Gualtieri in Tuesday's election. Swope called Gualtieri and left a message telling him to "do good for these next four years." Swope made the call after 85 percent of the vote was in favor of the incumbent. This is "the end of a 14-month journey that has been very, very strenuous, time consuming and expensive," he said. Swope received more than 205,000 votes but trailed Gualtieri by more than 20,000 votes with nearly all precincts reporting. Swope called the campaign a "David vs Goliath" battle from the beginning and is proud of the votes he earned. "I am rejuvenated in my …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Three candidates for office spoke during public comment, with Pinellas County Sheriff hopeful Greg Pound being escorted by police out of the commission chambers for "attacking" political opponents.
A few candidates for local, state and county offices spoke during the public forum of the last scheduled Largo City Commission meeting before the Nov. 6 elections — and one of them ended up getting thrown out. Greg Pound, who is running for Pinellas County Sheriff, was escorted out of the room by a Largo Police officer. Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier tried to keep the speakers' comments focused on Largo. Pound tried a few times to speak about John the Baptist and his preaching to people to repent or perish. "Please make your comment about Largo, or I will have to ask you to leave," Crozier said. Pound then did change the subject to Largo being in Pinellas County. "Pinellas County is out of control, you have got corruption running rampant out …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I learned how predators increasingly use the Internet to lure young children and teens.
I'll admit it was difficult falling to sleep after my last class at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. The subject matter was disturbing and gruesome: "Crimes Against Children" and "Crimes Against Persons." Something our instructor Kurt Romanosky said stuck in my mind. He described his job as the most rewarding work in the entire Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. I was having a hard time digesting his comment after spending three hours listening to some really horrific and shocking real-life cases of predators and homicides right here in Pinellas County. He said predators are increasingly using the Internet to lure children and teens, who are practically glued to their computers and mobile devices 24/7. The predators …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Watch our videos to hear more from Pinellas County Sheriff Candidates Bob Gualtieri and Scott Swope regarding the recent elimination of the county's fugitive unit.
While serving as Chief Deputy for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in 2009 Bob Gualtieri eliminated 16 positions in the fugitive unit, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The issue was brought up at the Meet the Candidates Forum in Gulfport. Watch our video to hear more from both candidates. Related Articles from the Forum: Related Articles on Patch:
Friday, September 21, 2012
Bob Gualtieri, Scott Swope and Greg Pound are running for Pinellas County Sheriff.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Republican incumbent Bob Gualtieri, Democratic challenger Scott Swope and write-in candidate Greg Pound are running for Pinellas County Sheriff. Click on a candidate's name for biographical information and answers to our candidate questionnaires. Some candidates haven't responded yet, but check back in case their answers are added.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The public is invited to tonight's Meet the Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.
The Gulfport Democratic Club and St. Petersburg Republican Club are hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 1) The event is free and expected to last about 2 hours. 2) Come early! Doors open at 6 p.m. and candidates have been invited to come early and talk to voters. 3) Six races including candidates for the Pinellas County Sheriff's race were invited. To see the complete list check out the article, "Meet the Candidates: Sheriff, School Board, County Commission and More." 4) All candidates invited will have the opportunity to take part in the forum. 5) Questions are preselected, however, organizers say if time permits they will allow questions from the audience.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
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: 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 …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Bob Gualtieri fends off Everett RIce in the primary election to win a spot on the Republican ticket in November.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fended off challenger and former sheriff Everett Rice in Tuesday's primary, picking up about 57 percent of the vote to Rice's 42 percent. He will face Democratic challenger Scott Swope and independent candidate Greg Pound in the November general election. Gualtieri celebrated his victory Tuesday evening at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater. Watch the accompanying video to see Gualtieri's remarks and reaction from his supporters. Related Coverage:
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fended off a challenge by former sheriff Everett Rice in Tuesday's primary election.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will be on the Republican ticket in November. Gualtieri fended off challenger and former sheriff Everett Rice in Tuesday's primary, picking up about 57 percent of the vote to Rice's 42 percent. All 299 precincts had reported by 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. A technical glitch delayed precinct totals by an hour, according to Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. Vote totals had to be delivered to the elections office in Largo to be counted. Gualtieri celebrated his victory Tuesday evening at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater. Rice's campaign held a private gathering in Treasure Island. Gualtieri was appointed interim sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott in …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters go to the polls Aug. 14 for the Primary Election to decide the Republican nominee for sheriff as well as other state and local offices.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Pinellas County voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the Primary Election. The race between interim sheriff Bob Gualtieri and former sheriff Everett Rice is drawing local interest. The two veteran law enforcers are in a battle to be the GOP nominee for sheriff in November's general election. Rice, 67, was Pinellas sheriff from 1988 to 2004 prior to serving in the State Legislature and working as an attorney. He seeks to oust Gualtieri, appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott last November, after Jim Coats retired. The two squared off in several forums this summer, including a Patch-sponsored debate July 17, at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater. The winner in Tuesday's primary will face Democratic challenger …