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Sam Henderson re-elected Gulfport mayor

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson won another term Tuesday. He bested challenger Barbara Banno 59 to 41 percent. The two candidates have spent the past several months in a fierce battle to head the dais at Gulfport City Hall. Banno entered the race with a challenge to what emerged as a status quo attitude. She drew on residents’ frustrations with the August sewage dump into Clam Bayou and called for immediate action from the city of St. Petersburg to offer its assurance…

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Dan Liedtke wins re-election in Gulfport Ward 1

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By a margin of fewer than 100 votes, Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke barely won re-election to his Ward 1 seat against April Thanos. Liedtke has served on City Council for four years and worked as a business and information technology consultant for the last 20 years. He’s held jobs in both the private and public sector. Liedtke won with 2,201 votes, or just under 51 percent, compared to Thanos, who earned 2,140 votes, a little over 49 percent. Although…

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Election Day takeaways in Gulfport

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A lot goes on at polling places on Election Day. Candidate supporters gather to hand out literature. The candidates themselves bounce around from polling place to polling place hoping to nab some last minute votes and reach people who may have otherwise been missed throughout campaigning. But, outside of polling places, there’s another story to be told. Take a stroll through quiet Gulfport on Election Day and you may catch a glimpse of any number of things. I took my…

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Barbara Banno/Sam Henderson matchup is likely to be close

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Candidates in Gulfport races are spending the day making their rounds trying to gather up some last minute votes. Both Barbara Banno and Sam Henderson are bouncing back and forth between four polling places throughout the day until polls close at 7. Both said they feel confident in a win, and both are happy with the way their campaigns played out. “People like Gulfport the way it is. They appreciate the changes that have been made,” said Henderson, the incumbent…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Gulfport municipal election

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All eyes will be on Florida and Ohio Tuesday as voters flock to the polls to make their choice for president in the Presidential Preference Primary. Locally, though, a lot of eyes will be trained on Gulfport where voters will decide whether or not to replace two incumbents. Mayor Sam Henderson and Ward 1 City Councilman Dan Liedtke are fighting to keep their seats in City Hall against formidable challengers. Both incumbents have been grossly outraised and are being challenged…

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Sam Henderson offers rides to the polls, gives out his phone number on Facebook

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson wants to make sure voters in his city can get to the polls next week to cast a ballot. Henderson posted his phone number on Facebook inviting them to give him a call if they need a ride. However, Henderson also encouraged voters to check out the Gulfport Extended Minibus Service, or GEMS. The service is available to Gulfport seniors and persons with disabilities. “If you don’t qualify for a GEMS ride, but need someone to…

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Gulfport challengers wind up campaigns with far more money than incumbents

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Gulfport candidates turned in their last campaign finance reports Friday before Tuesday’s election. As has been the case throughout the campaigns, challengers ended the fundraising battle far ahead of incumbents. Barbara Banno, who is challenging Mayor Sam Henderson, raised more than $27,000 as of March 10. That total includes nearly $3,000 raised between February 27 and March 10. Henderson raised just $50 during that same period bringing his total fundraising haul to just over $11,000. Meanwhile in the Ward 1 City…

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