For Immediate Release
Tallahassee – Around the state, yesterday, on Tuesday, August 23rd, voters rejected candidates who voted to take down historic monuments. In three high profile monument removal decisions candidates who voted to move Confederate monuments and memorials failed in their bid to keep their position or advance to a new one. In the City of Pensacola Mayoral election, Sherri Myers, a champion for removal of the historic Memorial in the North Hill Historic District and the re-naming of Lee Square, where the monument stood for 129 years came in last in a 4 way non-partisan contest barely getting 10% of votes. This monument has been removed and its status and location are unknown. In the City of Lakeland, career politician Phillip Walker, an advocate for removal of the historic Munn Park Cenotaph in the Munn Park National Register Historic District while a member of the City Council, lost his bid to advance to the State Legislature as a Republican. In Manatee County, Carol Whitmore, career politician was ousted from her position on the County Commission garnering just over 25% of the vote in a 3 way Republican Primary. Whitmore was Commission Chairman when the decision was made to cower to the domestic terrorists who threatened to protest until the monument came down. The monument move made national news when it was broken in three parts by the low bid contractor who dropped it in their attempt to move it overnight. “Tuesday’s election should send a clear message to elected officials considering removing or destroying a historical monument….move a monument – lose your job” said Save Southern Heritage spokesman, David McCallister. SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a not for profit public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We'll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida. More info: www.sshfl.org.