Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Gualtieri, appointed interim sheriff in 2011, easily beat Democratic challenger Scott Swope in Tuesday's election.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri easily defeated challenger Scott Swope on Tuesday. With 299 of 299 Precincts Reporting, Gualtieiri won 59.24 percent to 40.45 percent. "It’s a great night and a culmination of 18 months of a lot of hard work by a lot of people." Gualtieri told a cheering crowd of more than 500 at the Hilton Carillon on Tuesday night. Gualtieri was appointed interim sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott in November 2011, after Jim Coats retired from the job. He beat former Pinellas Sheriff Everitt Rice in a contentious Republican Primary Election in August. Gualtieri singled out the heated primary race as tough, along with the last two months of campaigning against Swope. He said the "significant" margin of victory means the …
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 …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Did you miss this week's top stories? From The Love Notes performance at the Senior Center to our weekly Jail Bookings Report, our "Week in Review" covers all our top stories.
VIDEO: The Love Notes Entertain, Interact and Inspire: Volunteers with The Love Notes exude energy and happiness with song and dance. Meet the performers who've been entertaining seniors in Pinellas County for more than a decade. Florida Lottery Debuts 25th Anniversary Scratch-Off Game: The special anniversary scratch-off ticket, 'Millionaire,' honors the Lottery's first-ever scratch-off game. The payoff is 25 prizes worth $290 million. How to Register to Vote in Gulfport: Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline. The voter registration deadline for Florida is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Swope Endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police: …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Fraternal Order of Police Pinellas Lodge 43 has announced their endorsement for Scott Swope for Pinellas County Sheriff.
Scott Swope has released a press release stating that he has received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43 in Pinellas. “It means a great deal tome to earn their trust and respect," Swope stated in the press release. The Fraternal Order of Police sent Swope a letter and stated that because of his qualifications, he will be able to act for Pinellas County citizens with "distinction and honor”. Previously, the Fraternal Order of Police was endorsing Everett Rice, current Sheriff Bob Gualtieri's competitor during the Republican primary, according to an article from Tampabay.com. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43 has representatives from St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Belleair, St. Petersburg police departments, as well …
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:
Watch our videos and hear from Pinellas County Sheriff's Candidates Bob Gualtieri and Scott Swope directly about their vision for public safety in Pinellas County.
Pinellas County Sheriff Candidates Bob Gualtieri and Scott Swope addressed dozens of residents at the Meet the Candidates Forum Thursday night in Gulfport. The Gulfport Democratic Club and St. Petersburg Republican Club hosted the event at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. Moderator Bonnie Sklaren, with the Florida Nurses Association, allowed each candidate two minutes to address the crowd. Watch our video and hear directly from each candidate during their opening statements. 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.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Candidates for Pinellas County School Board, County Commission and the Pinellas County Sheriff's race will be at a Meet the Candidates Forum at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 20.
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. Several candidates already confirmed that they will attend. They include: Gail Hebert with the St. Petersburg Republican Club says that U.S. Rep. Bill Young has not responded to the invitation to the forum. Ehrlich is challenging the Republican Congressman. Gulfport Patch contacted Young's local office on Tuesday, but has not heard back. Update: Wednesday, Sept. 19 4:10 p.m.: A representative with Young's office contacted Patch on Tuesday and confirmed that he will not be able to attend because the U.S. House of Representatives is in session. Candidates will be …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
RNC Delegates were invited to Gulfport, Tropical Storm Isaac was not. Check out our "Week in Review" for this week's top stories on Gulfport Patch.
Complete Coverage: Tropical Storm Isaac: For complete coverage of Tropical Storm Isaac including closings, sandbag information and photo galleries, stay tuned to Gulfport Patch. Photo Gallery: Storm Preps in Gulfport: Check out our photos from around town including storm preps downtown. Feel free to add your photos to our gallery. Sandbags Going Fast in Gulfport: Cathy Vaseliades has been in Gulfport for 40 years and says she's not only prepared for the storm, she's taking it in stride. Hear more from residents about storm preps. VIDEO: 'We Are the Storm,' RNC Protesters Chant: Protesters, armed with signs and a message, marched through downtown St. Petersburg as Isaac threatened to put a damper on the Republican National Convention. VIDEO…
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 …