Two-term Ward Four councilmember and current vice mayor Sam Henderson announced Wednesday afternoon that he would run for mayor in the coming election. Henderson, who ran unopposed last term, started serving as Gulfport’s vice mayor shortly after last year’s election.
Earlier this year he told the Gabber he planned to run for office, but wouldn’t say which one. When Mayor Mike Yakes announced last week that he would not seek re-election in the coming year, Vice Mayor Henderson said he would. The vice mayor told the Gabber he did not want to run against the mayor out of respect. Mayor Mike Yakes will leave office as the longest-seated mayor in Pinellas County.
Vice Mayor Henderson took office four years ago. In his first election he ran against incumbent Mary Stull, St. Pete Beach Deputy City Clerk Pam Prell, and two-time council hopeful Courtland Yarborough.
So far this year, former councilmember/vice mayor Bob Worthington has announced his plans to run as well.
The qualifying period for candidates begins Monday.