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Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski
Dombrowski has served on the Gulfport City Council since 1993 and has served as president four times. He also currently serves as mayor pro tempore, a position he also occupied from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining the council, he was a member of the Gulfport Police Reserves for 6 years. Dombrowski has owned and operated a number of small businesses in Gulfport, including Skeeter's, Wet Willy's Waterslide, 3-D Glass Company Inc., and Ricky Dombrowski's Affordable Glass Company. He and his wife, Missy, reside in Gulfport.
Dombrowski's website promises to "reduce the bureaucracy and regulations imposed by the Secretary of State over the last term," promote job creation by streamlining regulations and transfer control from state to local government where possible. Dombrowski has also voiced support for a policy requiring photo identifications for voter registration in Mississippi.
One of the key elements of Dombrowski's campaign has been his opposition to incumbent Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's efforts to claim ownership of Gulfport's recently re-opened harbor. Hosemann claims that the Public Tidelands Act of 1989 grants ownership of all harbors to the state government and, thus, Gulfport must lease the port back from the state. Dombrowski has countered that another law from 1935 grants Gulf Coast municipalities the right to create small craft harbors for recreational purposes. An attempt by the Mississippi Legislature to solve the issue through a joint resolution supporting Dombrowski's interpretation ended in failure, passed by the House but struck down in the Senate.
As of July 15, 2011, no campaign finance reports were available on Mississippi's state campaign finance website.
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|Republican Party||Delbert Hosemann||83%|
|Republican Party||Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski||17%|
- Facebook, "Ricky Dombrowski Secretary of State'," accessed July 15, 2011
- WLOX13.com, "Dombrowski versus Hosemann," March 1, 2011
- Ricky Dombrowski for Senate, "About Ricky," April 28, 2011
- WLOX13, "Dombrowski announces candidacy for Gulfport's Ward 5," March 2, 2009
- Ricky Dombrowski for Secretary of State, "Ricky at a Glance," May 23, 2011
- Ricky Dombrowski for Secretary of State, "State should not interfere in operations of city harbors," May 5, 2011