Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri endorses Dave Eggers for county commission

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Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers received a major endorsement on Friday in his bid for County Commission from Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

Eggers, 57, is running as a Republican for Pinellas County District 4, a seat currently held by the retiring Susan Latvala. He has been both a City Commissioner and a two-term mayor. Eggers supports the Greenlight Pinellas transit plan, and says that it would spur economic development countywide.

“I have worked with Mayor Eggers for over five years and found him to be always ethical, straight forward, hardworking and supportive of all Public Safety efforts,” Gualtieri said in a statement. “He was instrumental in getting Dunedin’s Public Safety Committee started and has worked side-by-side with my staff to improve on the great communication between residents and our office.”

Eggers faces former Oldsmar mayor Jim Ronecker, Palm Harbor dentist Johnny Johnson Jr., former state Rep. Peter Nehr, small business owner Timothy Keffalas, Largo firefighter Macho Liberti, Wanda Kimsey and Mark Weinkrantz in the August 26 GOP primary. The winner will face two No Party Affiliation candidates as well as Democrat Mark Weinkrantz in November.

Eggers became Mayor of Dunedin in 2009 and was re-elected in 2012. He previously served on the City Commission for two three-year terms.

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