Ashton Hayward

City of Pensacola
4:18 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

INTERVIEW: Mayor Ashton Hayward On Second Term Goals

Credit City of Pensacola

  Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s second term is underway, having been sworn in last month. As Hayward sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody, he touches on that victory, downtown renaissance, and the City Council.

DD: Mayor Hayward, you won re-election last month with 65% of the vote. What mandate does that margin of victory carry into your 2nd term?

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Pensacola City Government
9:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Pensacola Mayor, New City Council Members Sworn In

Credit City of Pensacola

The Pensacola City Council met in special session Tuesday, electing new leadership and overseeing the swearing-in of Ashton Hayward to a second term as Mayor.

The new-look City Council features Andy Terhaar as President and Larry B. Johnson as Vice President for the coming year. Terhaar was selected on the third ballot, fending off challenges from outgoing president Jewell Cannada-Wynn and Charles Bare.

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Election 2014
10:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mid-Term Elections Bring Few Surprises In Panhandle

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The big news of election night was Governor Rick Scott (48.3%) edging out challenger and former governor Charlie Crist (46.9%). The pattern of incumbents keeping their seats in Florida held, though, throughout the panhandle.

***note all results are still unofficial***

Statewide:
Attorney General: Pam Bondi (R) retained with 55.24% of the vote.
Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Atwater (R) 59%
Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam (R) 58.8%

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Pensacola Mayoral Race
3:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Pensacola Mayoral Candidates: Ashton Hayward

  Besides other state and local races, Pensacola voters are also deciding who will serve as Mayor for the next four years. 

On bringing jobs to Pensacola:

“We have to put people to work. We have to create the environment to be a business-friendly city. That’s one of my number one goals that we set out to do and I think we’ve achieved that. We’ve been very fortunate to bring UPS into Pensacola; Southwest Airlines, DeepFlex had been in the works for a little over two years. That’s a big part of my job, getting out and telling Pensacola’s story.”

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Pensacola Mayoral Race
2:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Pensacola Mayoral Candidates: Donna Clark

Credit Donna Clark for Mayor

  Voters in Pensacola are going to the polls to decide the city’s next mayor, between incumbent Ashton Hayward and challenger Donna Clark. 

On running for Mayor, her first attempt at seeking elected office:

“The whole campaign itself, from the get-go I’ve been a dark horse. Each step I’ve moved towards this end result has been incredible.”

On bringing jobs into Pensacola:

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Grand Jury Docs to be Made Public
3:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

City Docs Due for Release Wednesday

Credit City of Pensacola

Some of the documents subpoenaed in a federal bribery investigation involving the City of Pensacola last month are due to be made public on Wednesday. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

The records in question – which went to a federal grand jury and prosecutors in Tallahassee – deal with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and no-bid contracts for city projects that were awarded to Jerry Pate Design – owned by the pro golfer, who’s a longtime friend of Hayward’s.

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PPD Promotions
3:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Alexander Becomes Assistant Pensacola Police Chief

Alcuin Alexander (wife) pins on the new badge. They have been married 29 years.

The Pensacola Police Department has a new second-in-command.  David Alexander, III was promoted from captain to Assistant Chief, becoming the first African-American to be named to the post, since it was created in 1994.

Family and friends filled a large room at police headquarters on Thursday for a ‘badge pinning ceremony’ in honor of new Assistant Chief Alexander, and also to acknowledge Tommi Lyter’s advancement from Lieutenant to Captain.

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City Officials Subpoenaed
4:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

A Federal Investigation Focuses On Potential Bribery At City Hall

Credit City of Pensacola

    

Interim Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Dick Barker is one of five Pensacola city officials scheduled to appear Wednesday before a federal grand jury in Tallahassee as part of a bribery investigation.

The documents requested for the grand jury's review relate largely to city contracts involving road work. The investigators have zeroed in on at least one personal associate and friend of Hayward's, professional golfer Jerry Pate, who owns a Pensacola landscape design business that has done work for the city.

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Pensacola Road Contract Probe
11:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Grand Jury To Investigate Pensacola Road Contracts

Credit City of Pensacola

A federal investigation is underway involving road contracts with the City of Pensacola dating back to 2011, along with related expenses paid on behalf of Mayor Ashton Hayward and others. A federal grand jury in Tallahassee will get the case next Wednesday.

One subpoena released by the Mayor’s Office is requesting numerous records related to the "Main Street Rehabilitation Project” between the city and Jerry Pate Design. Those include bids, bid sheets, selection of contractor documents, all emails referring to the bids and copies of all payments to the contractor.

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Purifoy Murder Reaction
4:46 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Church Leaders Call For Action After Pensacola Student Is Shot

Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father address the gathering on Monday, called for "cease fire".
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Shaquille Purifoy, a 20 year old graduate of Pine Forest High School who went on to play football for Grambling State University was shot Friday night in Pensacola.

He died Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital. In reaction to the shooting, church and community leaders held a Stop The Violence meeting Monday morning at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church in Pensacola.

"I don't want retaliation. I don't want revenge. I want cease fire!" said Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father, as he addressed the crowd of about three dozen at Monday morning's gathering.

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