Largo incumbent says he plans to run again, calls competitor dispute 'quality entertainment'
LARGO — Commissioner Curtis Holmes said Wednesday that he plans to run for re-election, a decision he said wasn't influenced by the extortion dispute between his competitors.
Holmes called the back-and-forth between Robert Avery and Aaron Darr "quality entertainment."
"If you want to debate issues here, fine," he said. "What they're doing is zany."
Largo Police charged Avery, 31, with extortion on Monday after a threatening email sent through Darr's campaign website in August was traced to Avery's computer. The message claimed to have damaging information on 24-year-old Darr.
According to police, Avery confessed to sending the email. But Avery denied his involvement this week, saying his computer must have been hacked.
Following Avery's statements, Darr said he was in "total disbelief at the utter arrogance and entitlement" his competitor showed.
Holmes, 66, said he isn't sure when he plans to officially file to run in the Nov. 8 election, but he does know how he plans to market his campaign.
"I'm leaning toward 'experience counts,'" he said.