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Now that he has their campaign contributions, Deveron Gibbons quits Housing Authority, five other civic boards

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Corporate executive Deveron Gibbons has quit six local boards to focus on his campaign for mayor.

Of course he resigned! Now that Deveron is done wringing $500 checks out of his fellow board members, what use are they? Deveron has planned on running for well over a year and knew full well the time commitment it takes to run for public office, and now he decides to resign. This mass resignation stink of fear. Fear that there really is a “smoking gun” to be found in the mess at the Pinellas and St. Pete Housing Authorities.

And don’t let Deveron tell you that he didn’t want to serve on the Pinellas Housing Authority. Why else would he have submitted an application?

Campaign manager Nick Hansen said Gibbons dropped all of his civic commitments except for his role as chairman of the St. Petersburg College board of trustees.

Gov. Charlie Crist last month chose not to reappoint Gibbons to the Pinellas County Housing Authority.

About a week later, Gibbons submitted letters of resignation to the following boards: WorkNet Pinellas, St. Petersburg Housing Authority, Pinellas County’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast corporate board of directors, Pinellas County Economic Development Council and the board of the Museum of Fine Arts.

This is why a candidate raises $117K — to clean up messes like this.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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