Pensacola mayoral candidate Grover Robinson posted $13,800 in campaign contributions during the first month of his campaign to be Pensacola’s next mayor.
Robinson, who has served as an Escambia County commissioner since 2006, announced last month that he would run for mayor in 2018. Two-term incumbent Ashton Hayward hasn’t yet said whether or not he plans to seek a third term. Both Robinson and Hayward are Republicans, though Pensacola city elections are nonpartisan.
The bulk of Robinson’s October fundraising total came from the candidate himself, who gave $10,000 of his own money to the campaign. Other notable donors include former Gulf Breeze mayor Ed Gray and Tammy Bohannon, Robinson’s longtime appointee to the Santa Rosa Island Authority, who each donated $500. Pensacola business Engineered Cooling Services and banker Bruce Vredenburg also gave $500 each, while homemaker Lauren Parra contributed $1,000.
If elected, Robinson would become just the second mayor elected since the city adopted a mayor-council or “strong mayor” form of government in 2010, under which the mayor exercises broad executive powers. The new charter also extended mayoral terms from two years to four and limited those serving as mayor and city council members to a maximum of three four-year terms.
Pensacola’s next mayoral election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Should more than two candidates qualify to run, the election would be instead held on Tuesday, August 28; if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters would then proceed to a November 6 runoff.