“Environmental candidate” Sam Henderson elected Mayor of Gulfport

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.