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Barclay Harless announces trio of summer events in St. Pete Council bid

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Barclay Harless is giving supporters not one, but three new opportunities to connect this summer in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council.

The 31-year-old banking executive announced a trio of events Wednesday for the upcoming months as he runs for District 2, which covers most of Northeast St. Petersburg.

On Sunday, July 9, Harless will be the featured guest at a Young Professionals Bruch hosted by MB Strategies founder Maya Brown and Cesar Hernandez, who currently serves as government affairs specialist for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit. The event begins 1 p.m. at the Home of Rachel Ebner. An address will be provided upon RSVP, which is available online. Tickets are a suggested $50, with a spot on the host committee going for $200.

Jim Kennedy, the term-limited council member who now holds the District 2 seat, will host a fundraiser for Harless Tuesday, July 18, beginning 6 p.m. at Ricky P’s Creole Kitchen, 11002 4th St N in St. Petersburg. While the suggested contribution for the event is $100, any amount is welcome. RSVP are also available online.

On August 10, Equality Florida’s Ed Lally and his husband Phil Dinkins will hold a fundraising reception for Harless at their St. Petersburg home. Harless currently serves on the Equality Florida “Equality Means Business” advisory board. The reception begins 5:30 p.m. Address will be provided on RSVP, which is available here. Suggested contribution is $100 or more.

Harless, a graduate of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is an assistant bank officer at Bank of the Ozarks. Before that, he was a legislative aide to then-state Rep. Darryl Rouson. Harless also worked on Alex Sink’s 2014 campaign for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Harless faces realtor Brandi Gabbard in the nonpartisan race and currently leads in fundraising, taking in $4,890 in May for more than $36,000 to date.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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