TALLAHASSEE, FL- On January 31st, during the Hendry County Lincoln/Reagan Dinner, ‘Project Majority Red’ got off to a great start.  Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia was a guest speaker and released the following statement:


“Last night, the Republican Party of Florida gladly welcomed former Democrat Sheriff Steve Whidden to the Republican Party,” said RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.  “Whidden is the first to join the RPOF ‘Project Majority Red’ initiative that seeks to increase the number of Republican registered voters throughout the great State of Florida, in order to overtake the Democrats in voter registrations.”


“Steve Whidden is a go-getter, an exemplary leader, husband, father and citizen.  He is the perfect example of voters that are continuing to reject the big government, liberal ideals of today’s Democrat party and finding a home in the Republican Party of Florida.  We gladly welcome Sheriff Whidden and we look forward to working with all registered voters who share the values of a better, stronger and more prosperous Sunshine State,” Ingoglia added.


Sheriff Steve Whidden was born in 1972 in Naples, FL.  He began his career in law enforcement in 1997 as a road deputy in Albany, Georgia and joined the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy in 1999.  In 2002, Whidden was promoted to the rank of investigator before leaving the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office to work for the Clewiston Police Department, in 2005.  During this tenure, he was appointed to the DEA Special Task Force, serving that unit for two years before running for Sheriff. 


Whidden was elected Hendry County Sheriff in 2008, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.  At 36, Whidden is the youngest sitting Sheriff in Florida and has improved the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office despite the budget constraints due to a sluggish economy.  Under his tenure, he has worked with the Board of County Commission to achieve improvements without overly burdening the taxpayers of Hendry County, and takes a personal approach to serving the citizens of his community by traveling and interacting with them daily.


Sheriff Whidden is married to Kassandra Whidden of Naples, FL and together they have two children, Stephen and Kasey.



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