Sam Henderson will be Gulfport’s first new mayor since 1991.
Henderson triumphed over Bob Worthington in Tuesday’s mayoral election. With all seven precincts reporting, Henderson had 64% of the vote. Of the 1,752 votes cast for Henderson (as opposed to the 971 cast for Worthington), 980 came in as early ballots and 772 came in on election day.
“I am extremely grateful for all the help I had throughout the campaign,” Henderson said after the results came in. “I will do my best to be an excellent mayor.”
Henderson, who has described himself as the “environmental candidate,” was first elected to the Gulfport City Council in 2009, when he bested an incumbent and was re-elected without opposition in 2011. He works in the special-collections department of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Library.
City Clerk Lesley DeMuth said she will swear in Henderson at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.