Dombrowski announces candidacy for Gulfport's Ward 5

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport businessman and former three term councilman wants to get back into politics. Ricky Dombrowski announced his candidacy for the city council representing Gulfport's Ward 5. The life-long Gulfport resident said he is "committed to progress and fiscal responsibility."

When he left office nearly four years ago, the city had $11 million in its coffers. During his tenure on the City Council, he served as Mayor Pro Tempore from 1998 to 2001. He was instrumental in the widening of Cowan-Lorraine Road, establishing the Beautification Crews, using 4 inmates to one paid city employee, getting laptop computers in police cars, and a state-of-the-art communications system for the police and fire departments.

"Gulfport is at a point in its history that we cannot afford to become stagnant" he said. "In these tough economic times, it is more important now than ever for us to make some serious progress. We need new businesses to move to Gulfport. That will provided new jobs, a greater tax base, and attract shoppers to our area."

Dombrowski, 49, owns and operates Skeeter's on Tegarden Road in Gulfport. He has owned numerous other businesses in Gulfport over the years including Wet Willy's Waterslide, 3-D Glass Company, Inc. and Ricky Dombrowski's Affordable Glass Company.

He is currently a member of the Gulf Coast Business Council's Master's Program and was a member of the Board of Directors of Gulfport Youth Sports for the last 15 years and served as President, 2000-2007.

"It's a fact," Dombrowski added, "Gulfport cannot afford to waste another day, let alone another four years to make progress. I am totally committed to progress. We need to stop wasting money and time planning and act on the plans we have. That will benefit all the citizens of Gulfport."