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Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski

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Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski (born September 13, 1959[1], in Gulfport, MS) is president of the Gulfport, MS City Council and was a Republican candidate for Mississippi Secretary of State in the 2011 Mississippi statewide elections. Dombrowski announced his candidacy on March 1, 2011; he claimed he was running to challenge Hosemann's plan to take control of Gulfport's harbor against the will of its citizenry.[2] Dombrowski failed to unseat Hosemann, receiving only 17% of the vote in the August 2 Republican primary.


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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Dombrowski has also voiced support for a policy requiring photo identifications for voter registration in Mississippi.

Gulfport harbor

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.[6]

Campaign contributions


As of July 15, 2011, no campaign finance reports were available on Mississippi's state campaign finance website.

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Dombrowski failed to unseat Delbert Hosemann in the August 2 Republican primary for Mississippi Secretary of State.

Secretary of State -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Delbert Hosemann Approveda 83%
     Republican Party Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski 17%
Total Votes 268,137

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