Deveron Gibbons' campaign releases more endorsements
ST. PETERSBURG -- Deveron Gibbons' mayoral campaign released another round of endorsements today.
Joining Gibbons' roster of campaign co-chairs are: Brent Sembler, vice chairman of Sembler; former state Rep. Everett Rice, R- Treasure Island; former state Sen. Les Miller, D-Tampa; and pastors Walter Ross, Troy Adams and Watson Haynes.
There has been plenty of talk that some of Gibbons' supporters might ditch him if Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch enters the race. Welch has said he will decide whether to run this week.
Gibbons' campaign manager, Nick Hansen, said the endorsements are firm and he doesn't expect any defectors if Welch runs for mayor.
Haynes, a well-known education activist, said he won't switch sides, but acknowledged that he does have a friendly relationship with Welch.
"I believe Deveron is able to not only take over the office, but he can run it effectively," Haynes said. "I have a lot of respect for Ken Welch and if Deveron was not running, I would support Ken."
--Cristina Silva, Times staff writer