David Stafford has served as Escambia County Supervisor of Elections since his election in November of 2004. A graduate of the University of Florida, Stafford is the past president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and current legislative chair of the National Association of Election Officials.
Following the designation of elections as critical infrastructure by the Secretary of Homeland Security in early 2017, Stafford was asked to serve on the sector’s Government Coordinating Council as one of nine local election officials from across the country. He helped author the communications and information sharing protocols for threats and incidents affecting the election sector, which were formally adopted in 2018.
Stafford serves on the Council of State Government Overseas Voting Initiative Working Group, a multi-year partnership with the Department of Defense to improve the voting experience for military and overseas voters. He served on the Florida Military and Overseas Voting Task Force in 2017 and testified before Congress on the subject in 2011. Stafford presented to the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Future of Voting in 2017 and served as a reviewer of the resulting report, “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.”
As an active member of the community, Stafford serves as chairman of the board for Global Connections to Employment and vice-chair of Lakeview Center. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Pensacola Rotary Club and Pensacola Sports Association, and has chaired the American Cancer Society's Pensacola Relay For Life and the Friends of Scouting campaign. He is a recipient of the ARC Gateway “Lucy Petree Outstanding Service” Award, was named the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council “Outstanding Citizen Diplomat of the Year,” and was recognized with the “God in Government” Award at the Governmental Prayer Breakfast.
Stafford is a native of Pensacola, where he resides with his wife, Kim and their two sons, and is an active member of Christ Church.