COCOA, Florida — After an inquiry from Brevard Times, Brevard County Sheriff Candidate Wayne Ivey (R) gave his response following the attacks by his opponents who alleged that he was attending a fundraiser instead of addressing the audience at the Trayvon Martin Community Round Table in Cocoa, Florida:
“I was personally asked to participate in this event by the coordinators, who were very accommodating as they organized the forum and were understanding of the fact that I could only participate for the first portion of the event, due to a previous committment that was community based as well. While present, I discussed in detail my background and experiences with the community leaders as well as the events surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin.
The previously scheduled commitment was a charitable event, hosted to raise scholarship funds for local high school seniors, who are trying to attend college. The event is hosted annually and this year my wife and I were invited to participate along with our entire family.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trayvon Martin during this very difficult time. I completely support the event organizers’ efforts to create an opportunity for canidates to meet with the community and to discuss measures that may help to prevent any type of tragedy such as this in the future.”