City Councilman Kevin Anderson to run for mayor of Fort Myers
Retired police officer, businessman, and Fort Myers City Councilman, Kevin Anderson, announced his candidacy for Fort Myers Mayor Tuesday.
He will be running in the special election later this year to replace Mayor
Randy Henderson. Henderson is resigning to seek Florida’s 19th Congressional District seat.
Anderson has been a resident of Southwest Florida for over 40 years, according to his campaign, and an officer with the Fort Myers Police Department for 24 years, retiring in 2004 as a Major.
He also worked in a senior management role with Chico’s FAS for 15 years.
Anderson was elected to the Fort Myers City Council representing Ward 4 in 2018.
“These are tough times for everyone – citizens, businesses, and government,” he said. “These times demand strong leadership that is experienced in every facet of our government and familiar with every part of our community.
Anderson’s statement in a press release announcement reads:
“As a police officer, I answered calls in every neighborhood in our city. When juvenile crime in our city peaked, I developed the Habitual Juvenile Offender Program that resulted in a 24% decline in juvenile crime. When Mayor
Bruce Grady wanted to fix the Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, he appointed me the interim director to rebuild the program.
“I am prepared to take on the responsibility of being the leader of this community as we rebuild our economy and restore our health from the terrifying period we have just gone through. We are all going to need to work together to build our future and I think I have the experience and skill set needed to bring that about”
Anderson is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute and a veteran of the US Army.
He is married to Krista Maxham Anderson and they have one daughter, Kayla Anderson Bailey.