Here are Gulfport's candidates for mayor and city council

Candidates include a man who once wore an elf hat to a Gulfport city council meeting.

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The Gulfport mayor, Ward II councilperson and Ward IV councilperson will all face contenders in the March 2019 election. - Cathy Salustri
Cathy Salustri
The Gulfport mayor, Ward II councilperson and Ward IV councilperson will all face contenders in the March 2019 election.

The qualifying period has ended and, once again, Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson, Ward II councilwoman Christine Brown and Ward IV councilman Michael Fridovich have competition in the March, 2019 municipal elections. While each councilperson should — in theory — represent their ward first, the entire city will elect each councilperson, as they will the mayor.

As of this afternoon, the Pinellas Clerk and the Gulfport City Clerk Lesley DeMuth have certified the following candidates:


Gulfport Mayor

Sam Henderson, incumbent

Frank Kemnetz

Gulfport Councilperson, Ward II

Christine Brown, incumbent

Byron E. Chalfont

Chrisann Herrod


Gulfport Councilperson, Ward IV

Richard Fried

Michael Fridovich

Have a question for the candidates? Click their name to email them. Except for Richard Fried, who didn't provide an email address.

Both Herrod and Fried have run before; Herrod dropped out of her race before election day and Fried lost to Fridovich in 2017. Also of note: Chalfont is one of the owners of Siri's Gourmet Burgers and Pizza, Fried once spoke at a Gulfport City Council meeting wearing an elf's hat and Kemnetz lives in the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, Gulfport's lone gated community referred to by some as "behind the wall."

It should be an interesting three months.

Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island will all hold elections this coming March. Both South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach canceled their scheduled elections due to lack of interest — according to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections, "the number of qualified candidates did not exceed the number of offices up for election."

The deadline to register to vote for this election — held Mar. 12, 2019 — is Feb. 11. This election will not have early voting at the wish of the cities. You can register to vote here.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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