Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Widow of slain Tampa police officer vouches for Mark Ober in new ad

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

In June 2010, Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot and killed by Dontae Morris, who now faces the death penalty for his actions. In Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober’s new ad, Kelly Curtis-Stout, Officer Curtis’ widow, explains why she’s one victim who’s standing for Ober in his re-election campaign.

“During the darkest days of my life, Mark Ober stood with me, fought for me, protected me,” Curtis-Stout says in the ad.” He has tremendous compassion for victims. I can tell you that, because he’s proven that to me.”

Ober’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, has advanced the argument during his campaign that Ober is not compassionate towards victims, specifically highlighting the case of a female teen who was involved in a sexual abuse case with an adult across state lines. The victim and the victim’s mother issued their own statements last month, criticizing Ober for his office’s handling of that case.

The Ober campaign included a link to the ad in a new fundraising email, in which they once again accuse Warren of “lying and twisting the facts and the truth.”

“He is supported by out-of-town special interests funneling tens of thousands of dollars to help his campaign,” the statement adds.




Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

Latest from The Bay and the 'Burg

Go to Top