Bogus write-in candidates -- closing what would have been our St. Johns County universal primary for Sheriff, Commissioner and Court Clerk -- were apparently recruited by ROBERT THORNTON SMITH, a/k/a "GOP BOB," a St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee who may be reached at GOPBOB@att.net, or at 904-803-2170.
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 8:34 am
Subject: Re: URGENT: Northeast Florida Voting Rights Violations -- Suppression of Minority Vote by Closing Universal Primaries on August 30, 2016
Circuit Court Clerk
PATRICK DEWAYNE MENCY
1036 BUTTERCUP DRIVE, ST. JOHNS
Filed 6/23 1:28 PM
LINDA MARIE ZIEGLER-DORAN
1183 WEDGEWOOD ROAD, ST. JOHNS
Filed 6/23 10:27
ANDREW HUNTER TALLMAN
24 LOUISE STREET, ST. AUGUSTINE 32084
Filed 6/23 10:50 AM
County Commission District 3
SHEAMUS JOHN McNEELEY
3837 ARROWHEAD DRIVE, ST. AUGUSTINE 32086
Filed 6/21 1:13 PM
County Commission District 5
ALFRED BUCKNER PITTMAN
113 BARQUERO, ST. JOHNS
(No e-mail address listed)
Filed 6/24 11:54 AM
From: Ed Slavin <email@example.com>
To: vanita.gupta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 2:51 pm
Subject: URGENT: Northeast Florida Voting Rights Violations -- Suppression of Minority Vote by Closing Universal Primaries on August 30, 2016
Dear Assistant Attorney General Gupta:
One major development that his tenure as Sheriff saw was the civil rights movement, a challenging time for our nation, state and county. In 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King and his associates came to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation. St. Augustine became the site of many demonstrations. During one of these, Dr. King was arrested by deputies and booked into the St. Johns County Jail. Shortly afterwards, Dr. King and others were released from jail.
The climate was stressful in those years, but with Sheriff Davis' leadership the community held together. This nation moved forward after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Sheriff Davis was well respected in the community. Many citizens tell stories of his kindness; taking bags of groceries to those who were in need, or helping others get jobs.
Sheriff Davis had been a city police officer for approximately three years prior to taking the Office of Sheriff. He had a deep, abiding commitment to the youth of our county.
Also, he was one of the founders of the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, which grew from a small camp on the banks of the Suwannee River to a working ranch system, serving thousands of Florida's children every year.
In 1970, then Governor Claude Kirk removed Sheriff Davis from office based on allegations made by several individuals. Subsequently, in a trial, Sheriff Davis was found innocent.
Later, at hearings in Tallahassee in front of the Senate, Sheriff Davis was exonerated. By this time, Governor Kirk had appointed Dudley Garrett, to take Sheriff Davis' place.
In the 1972 election, "L.O." Davis tried to regain the office, but lost to Sheriff Garrett.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/death-in-st-augustine/ PBS Frontline documentary, "A Death in St. Augustine"
http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/full-episode-two-shots-fired-n84816 NBC News Dateline documentary, "Two Shots Fired"
22. Please empower the DoJ Community Relations Service (CRS) to help.
23. Let every vote count.