Brevard County

Brevard County candidates claim sheriff tried to get them to drop out of political races

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Two Republican candidates said the Brevard County sheriff tried to get them to drop out of their respective races and offered to help them get jobs.

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Those Brevard County political candidates said they are speaking out in hopes of putting a political controversy to rest.

They believe Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey wanted them to leave their races in favor of other candidates, but they are refusing to drop out.


Ivey is not commenting on the allegations at this time, but Brevard County Commission candidate Chris Hattaway and school board candidate Shawn Overdorf are talking – and still campaigning.

“Because I stand up for what’s right, you know represent our families, our friends, and I didn’t like what was currently happening on the political scene,” Hattaway said.

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Hattaway, who is a Cocoa police office and candidate for Brevard County Commission District 2, did not believe some conversations he had with Ivey were right.

“We talked about meeting deadlines for the race. He said if I didn’t feel like I could meet those deadlines that he would put me in contact with the person that I was running against to see if I could work in his office,” Hattaway said.

Hattaway said they never talked about money.

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Retired police officer Overdorf said he spoke with the sheriff, too.

“I’m running for Brevard School Board District 2, which is the same area,” Overdorf said. “The sheriff called me and offered me a position in Mr. Goodson’s office. I think he was trying to help me out. He said if I supported candidate Courtney Lewis that he would give me this job with Mr. Goodson.”

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