Former sheriff's deputy to run for Manatee Commission seat

HERALD STAFF REPORTSeptember 24, 2013 


MANATEE -- Former Manatee County sheriff's deputy Corie Holmes, now a private investigator, will run for the Manatee County Commission District 2 seat against incumbent Michael Gallen and another challenger, Charles Smith, now a Palmetto commissioner, in the November 2014 elections.

All the candidates are Democrats.

Holmes, 36, lost to Commissioner Larry Bustle in his last political campaign in the November 2012 vote for a District 1 seat.

"My platform is based on three pillars: public safety and strong neighborhoods, the economy and our environment," the Palmetto native said in a press release. "I will support adequate funding of our firefighters, emergency medical services (Marine Rescue), and Manatee County Sheriff's Office and secure their pensions."

Holmes said his experience serving as a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office gives him unique insight on how tax dollars regarding public safety budgets are approved.

"I will work to improve quality-of-life issues to include street lighting, sidewalks, roads, and boat ramps throughout Manatee County. My work will also focus on efforts to revitalize downtown Palmetto and Bradenton to make Manatee County more inviting to new businesses and job creators, and I fully support incentives for companies to relocate to Manatee County."

Holmes said he has a coalition of support although he did not cite any backers.

"As your next county commissioner, I intend to incorporate my background in public safety to provide for safer strong neighborhoods," he said on his website. "I will focus my efforts on keeping property taxes low, curbing government spending and creating incentives for businesses to relocate to Manatee County. With Manatee County unemployment over 7.5 percent, nearly .2 percent above the national average, our county has felt the impact of the economic downturn. I will work to bring jobs back to Manatee County."

His campaign website is at

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