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 …
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.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Busy week? Allow us to catch you up on some of the highlights you may have missed on Largo Patch.
1. There's a new owner at Finley's Irish Pub & Eatery and plans for a more space, a new bar, games and a pool table. But you can expect the staples of the business — the food, the pints, the blues jam and the name — to stay the same. 2. When students return to school Monday at Largo High School, they'll be greeted by a new principal. Get to know Bradley Finkbiner and why he took the job in our profile story. 3. A 59-year-old man was found dead following an apartment fire in Largo last weekend. David Jervis was found dead on a chair in his living room, fire officials said. 4. Have you seen this man? The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says he's responsible for an April shooting in unincorporated Largo that left a man dead, and they believe…
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:
Monday, August 13, 2012
Authorities say Eddie Jonathan Todd Walker shot a man in the head last spring and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Authorities say they know who's responsible for a deadly Largo shooting during what they describe as a drug deal gone wrong, and after the suspect failed to turn himself in, they're posting a $10,000 reward for his capture. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Monday the reward for information leading to the arrest of Eddie Jonathan Todd Walker, 24, who officials call a "career criminal" and say should be considered armed and dangerous. Authorities signed a first-degree murder warrant last week for Walker, based on information from witnesses to an April 5 shooting in unincorporated Largo that left Terrance Benar Thomas, 38, dead. Detectives say the two men got into a dispute over the quality of cocaine Thomas hold sold Walker. …
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 …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
One more big difference between a horse race and the Pinellas County sheriff’s race is that betting on your favorite horse doesn’t affect the outcome of the race. Your vote for the right person does.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
A lot may be said for comparing a tight political race to a horse race. There seems to be enough likeness between the two contests to allow for a plausible analogy. So let’s look at some of the more obvious similarities; competitors don’t necessarily enter the starting gate on an equal basis. For the moment, we’ll discount age as a factor in horse racing since horses are usually matched closely by age because it’s unfair to run a young horse full of energy against an older steed whose legs have grown a bit shorter with time. What we really want to look at on our racing form at the running of the 2012 Pinellas County Downs Sheriff’s Stake is recent past performance. We’re going to place our bet on the competitor that has shown the best …