Pensacola developer Quint Studer on Monday formally endorsed longtime county commissioner Grover Robinson as his choice to become the city’s next mayor.
Robinson is running along with four other candidates to succeed Mayor Ashton Hayward, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term.
“For the past few years I’ve stayed out of local politics,” Studer said in a video, “but with all the private sector growth in the last 15 years, this is a pivotal time for Pensacola and we need strong, accountable leadership to preserve our progress.”
Studer’s endorsement comes as no surprise after he, his family, and company donated $4,000 to Robinson’s campaign last year.
“I’m endorsing Grover Robinson for the mayor of Pensacola because of his commitment to putting city government back to work for the citizens,” Studer continued. “I’ve watched Grover handle tough times: the 2010 oil spill, the death of his parents, and the recent floods. I’ve also seen his integrity, flexibility when new information arises, and most importantly, his ability to admit when he makes mistakes. His goal isn’t to be perfect, or to put his ego first; it’s to put our city first.”
Studer also funded a poll released last month which showed Robinson leading the race with 34 percent, while 46 percent remained undecided.
“He’ll build a citizen-focused plan for Pensacola’s neglected west side, so that we start treating every Pensacola neighborhood like it’s our neighborhood,” Studer said in the endorsement video. “Grover is also committed to inclusion and diversity so that women- and minority-owned businesses get a fair shot at government contracts.”
Robinson has represented the east side of Pensacola as well as Pensacola Beach on the Escambia County Commission since 2006. He announced in 2016 that he would not seek a fourth term as commissioner and instead entered the mayor’s race last October. Robinson faces Drew Buchanan, David Mayo, Lawrence Powell, and Jonathan Garrett Green in the August 28 primary election.