Jason Bearden owned a delinquent military surplus business in Hawaii

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The company was delinquent in state filings three years in a row.

Manatee County Commission candidate Jason Bearden has touted his career as a veteran and business owner. But there’s a conspicuous gap in his LinkedIn resume. For about four years, he operated a business called Sta-Tactical that ultimately was shut down for delinquency by the state of Hawaii.

In operation from May 2011 until 2015, the Kaneohe, Hawaii-based company sold military surplus including gun stocks, slings and backpacks. But according to records with the Hawaii Business Registration Division, Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, the business did not operate very long.

State records, which list Bearden as the agent of record for the business, show annual filings for the first year of business were not filed until March of 2013. Every year afterward, filings were ruled as delinquent.

A new television ad from Manatee County Carol Whitmore’s re-election campaign hammers Bearden for the business delinquency, saying little of the business itself.

Bearden’s campaign dismissed the attack. He is challenging Whitmore in a countywide closed Republican Primary on Aug. 23.

“This is just liberal Carol Whitmore grasping at straws trying to distract from her pro-choice, anti-freedom mask mandating and tax-hiking votes,” Bearden said. “After 30 years in political office, it’s time the voters of Manatee County impose term limits on liberal career commissioner, Carol Whitmore.”

Bearden also hasn’t discussed the venture, and there’s little trace of it online. The company’s former website domain is now unregistered.

A Facebook page remains accessible, and it includes videos of Bearden promoting sales on products. There, he drops an apparent company motto: “Complacency kills. Sta-tactical,” with STA pronounced “stay.”

Internet archives show the company was dedicated to marketing surplus products to a veteran consumer base.

“Welcome to Sta-Tactical, where our aim is to provide you with gear from the top brands in the industry at the best rates anywhere,” a website stated.

“Our product specialists know almost everything about each item, or have the resources available to find an answer for you. We know other tactical gear sites out there can keep you waiting for weeks or months for your products. At Sta-Tactical we will begin processing your order as soon as it’s placed so you can receive your gear in days rather than weeks.”

Products range from hoodies to gun accessories and books. Videos show how to use armor, and Bearden discussed a virtual shopping model where consumers can Skype him at any point and he will fit a mannequin with the products.

Image via Facebook

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    August 9, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Another corrupt conservative nutter. What do you expect? Quite possible he was making bombs somewhere for Christ sakes.

  • Robert Goldin

    August 10, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Wow! Calling an American Hero a bomb maker. Why don’t we stick to the facts? Jason served the USA as a Marine in combat. So what, if his business didn’t work out. How many successful business people are there that their first tries at business ended up as a failure, but true to America’s opportunities they went on to become very successful. Jason is offering new thinking for a County Board that can use his talents. People are always talking about TERM LIMITS, well the people have the control with their votes to create term limits. Let the voter decide who they want.

    • Pancho Villar

      August 10, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      I’m not sure if the business was a success or a failure. What I am concerned about is his apparent inability to file necessary paperwork in a timely manner. It’s relatively easy to stay in compliance with a state, even one like Hawaii.

      This quote from Ogles’ article stands out to me the most:
      “State records, which list Bearden as the agent of record for the business, show annual filings for the first year of business were not filed until March of 2013. Every year afterward, filings were ruled as delinquent.”

  • Just a comment

    August 10, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I call this guy a real jackass like vacations in Australia going all gang related need a surplus man convict

  • Just a comment

    August 10, 2022 at 10:52 am

    And in need

  • Billy coffey

    August 13, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Jason, fought for our country!! Would you ???

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