Sunburn for 8.23.17 – Rest in peace, Greg Evers – Florida Politics (blog)
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By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
Former state Senator Greg Evers was killed Monday night and the wreckage from his car discovered Tuesday afternoon in Okaloosa County.
The former lawmaker died after authorities said he drove off of Griffith Mill Road in Okaloosa County near Baker sometime late Monday. Lt. Eddie Elmore of the Florida Highway Patrol was at the site of the car wreck late Tuesday.
“It appears he ran off the road after failing to negotiate a curve,” Elmore said.
Evers’ car was found submerged in a roadside creek on Tuesday afternoon. Officials said it appeared it was a one-vehicle crash and that Evers was the only person in the vehicle.
Evers, a folksy Baker strawberry farmer, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2010, before serving in the Florida State Senate from 2010 to 2016. A stalwart Republican and a Panhandle fixture, Evers was a heavy supporter of Second Amendment rights and smaller government.
Evers was the former chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and continued advocating for criminal justice reform after his retirement from government. He supported a work release program in Santa Rosa County, and, in his most recent role as chief of Political Affairs for South Palafox Group, he spearheaded an effort to create affordable housing for ex-offenders in Pensacola.
More recently, Evers made a bid for the Public Service Commission, but did not make the final cut.
After news of his death, tributes began rolling in, including from Gov. Rick Scott and several Senate colleagues, who took to social media for condolences.
— Gov. Rick Scott: “My wife Ann and I are heartbroken after learning of the passing of Senator Greg Evers. Our