Doug Underhill Won’t Seek Third Term On The Escambia County Commission

March 5, 2021

District 2 Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill announced Friday that he will not seek a third term.

“I want to thank my supporters who have worked so hard in the campaigns and in reforming this government. I am humbled that so many of you are pressing me to run for a third term. My supporters sent me here on a message of reform, and their continued support is the best indication that I have lived up to that expectation and have not succumbed to the constant pressure to do things ‘the way they’ve always been done’. That is precisely why I will not be seeking a third term,” Underhill said in a prepared statement.

“I have always opposed term limits because a free people should never ask the government to do for them what they can do for themselves. I admire the example set by our nation’s first executive, who set the gentlemen’s standard of two terms in an office. There are exceptional men and women in our community who could serve District 2 and Escambia County in this seat; only a selfish man believes that his incumbency is more important than the good of the community.”

There will be two Escambia County Commission seats on the 2022 ballot. In addition to Underhill’s seat, the District 4 seat held currently by Robert Bender will also be up for election. Bender announced last week that he will seek a second term.

“I am making this announcement at this time to enable those future public servants to begin their efforts to serve. The work of reform is never done, and it is certainly not done in Escambia County. For the next 20 months, I will continue to work towards making our government a truer reflection of the priorities and morality of the people we serve, and that work will continue aggressively long after I leave this office.”

Three people had pre-filed as of Friday to seek Underhill’s seat — Republicans Chance Walsh and Steven Stroberger and NPA candidate Melissa “Mel” Pino.


23 Responses to “Doug Underhill Won’t Seek Third Term On The Escambia County Commission”

  1. Sharon on March 18th, 2021 11:09 am

    Quit now same time and money. Tax payers money at waste.

  2. Melissa Pino on March 10th, 2021 11:48 pm

    Doug, please–please–keep talking.

  3. Chad Colley on March 7th, 2021 9:22 am

    Doug, thank you for your service, and good luck with your future endeavors.

  4. Douglas Underhill on March 7th, 2021 7:40 am

    Bob C, shame on you for spreading such lies. I have never once ducked questions about my construction business failing during the economic crisis of 2007 and 8. I was a small business doing a very good job until the banks created that financial crisis. I sold my homestead, cashed out my wife’s 401k and my children’s college funds to keep paying payroll until there was nothing left. On the day that I laid off my employees everyone of them went home with more money than my family had left in our pockets. the federal government bailed out the banks that created the crisis but did nothing for the small businesses that were destroyed by it. Did I bounce back? Absolutely. Because the next day and everyday after that I got out of bed had my coffee laced up my boots and went back to work. Anytime you see somebody like you telling lies about a politician’s personal life, it’s because you lack the maturity to have an adult conversation about the issues, about which adults might disagree

  5. Burt on March 6th, 2021 9:58 pm

    But the question is, “is this true or another D2 politics game with an agenda, not yet revealed?”

  6. David on March 6th, 2021 7:40 pm

    There is a God

  7. Keveo on March 6th, 2021 12:51 pm

    LOL … #Shaking My Head .. #ByeFelicia…

    I suppose he is going for Matt Gaetz 1st congressional district seat after he is elected President. Thats where we are at in this country and the panhandle today. The more loud, ugly and arrogant you are, the more certain people will vote for you..

    Vote…Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene 2028

  8. SueB on March 6th, 2021 10:03 am

    Yea! Now, who is going to run for the seat and be honest and not get corrupted. Are the tax payers still paying for his legal issues?

  9. Shaking My Head on March 6th, 2021 10:02 am


  10. bob c on March 6th, 2021 9:36 am

    Remember being in a campaign forum meeting where Underhill was asked about the number of times he went bankrupt with his construction business and the many thousands of dollars the builders, electricians, plumbers and others LOST because of his mismanagement. He smirked and just pushed the question aside.
    He then started bragging about how he now has “Plenty of Money….” made me wonder why wouldn’t an Honorable Man try and pay back those to whom he owed much. Often our local businesses operate on thin margins and need every bit of income to keep the companies going, people paid and services available.
    Judge a person by their true actions, not by empty promises and bold statements.
    Prayers for a MUCH Better human to be District-2 REPRESENTATIVE…

  11. TiredOfEndemicArrogance on March 6th, 2021 8:43 am

    Thank God. Maybe we will get someone who isn’t arrogant self serving and facetious about the necessary changes needed to keep Escambia county from going further down hill. He has absolutely no understanding of what it is to live in abject poverty. We need people who understand what is to live in continuous generations of financially uncomfortable. He is clueless. We need someone who knows how it feels when you are forced to choose between an outrageously priced gulf power light bill and food purchase and not between basic cable vs luxury cable.

  12. Mike Smith on March 5th, 2021 9:28 pm

    We’re so better off as a county with him gone. From his Qanon lies to local boogie men most of what we heard from Underhill was always crafted for his own political benefit and paranoia. Like someone else said I really hope he doesn’t go after a higher office. He’s caused nothing but infighting with the BOCC and I have little reason to believe anything else he touches would fall to chaos. It’s impossible for him to work as a team with anyone. I still can’t believe the Navy hasn’t dishonorably discharged him.

  13. Andy on March 5th, 2021 8:56 pm

    For the most part I agreed with his policy positions. But I’ve never met someone so arrogant and condescending in my life. To say rude doesn’t even come close to accurately describing how he spoke to people. He’s a terrible representative of someone from the military in my opinion

  14. Patti on March 5th, 2021 7:46 pm

    It amazes me how some folks can be so critical! Instead of being ugly, why. not say a prayer for the individual. I know not everyone is a believer, BUT I AM! Our country is in need of lots of PRAYERS!

  15. Bama on March 5th, 2021 5:25 pm

    We need term limits for everything from dogcatcher to the president of the United States. Two terms is long enough for any position.

  16. Opinions are like... on March 5th, 2021 5:08 pm

    Any fresh face will do.. not Pino nor Larry the Plumber, good riddance for the county. It is unbelievable the people he can dupe though. From the roundabouts on Pcola to the skyscrapers on OLF8.

    “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”

    ― Friedrich W. Nietzsche

    Watch him close and keep him from pulling any monkey business until his time expires.

    He speaks with forked tongue. How to tell if he’s lying..His lips are moving (fingers are flying on social media)

  17. Good on March 5th, 2021 4:41 pm

    Good… Knowing our luck he will run for a higher office.

  18. Go Navy!!! on March 5th, 2021 4:30 pm

    Good man…. Thanks for all you have done for District II sir .

  19. tg on March 5th, 2021 3:39 pm

    He read the Tealeaves and saw the Handwriting on The Wall.

  20. Anybody but someone like Bergosh on March 5th, 2021 3:37 pm

    Thank you for your service Underhill. I pray that whoever replaces you is no where near as incompetent, narcissistic, or sociopathic as the current district 1 incumbent.

  21. Bob on March 5th, 2021 3:19 pm

    Thank God. He’s done enough damage with his first two terms.

  22. District 5 on March 5th, 2021 2:53 pm

    Don’t let him put another MSBU on District 5 property owners for his firetrucks for his neighborhood. Better watch him, that’s a long time to run his games on gaming the budget.

  23. Industrial Strength Bob on March 5th, 2021 2:46 pm

    Good riddance.

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