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Barclay Harless touts dozens of small business owners embracing his bid for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg City Council candidate Barclay Harless unveiled a list of 40 small business owners on Tuesday who are supporting his candidacy for the District 2 seat being vacated later this year by term-limited Jim Kennedy.

“Barclay’s private sector experience, coupled with his unique service in the state legislature, on the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission, and on non-profit boards gives him a fresh perspective on how to get things done in City Hall. Our business community wants leaders who are accountable, who get results, and who will ensure that big-ticket items stay within their timelines and budgets,” said Nick Janovsky, Harless’ campaign manager.

“Being an advocate for our small businesses is a true passion of mine. We have real opportunities to improve parking, to streamline the city’s permitting process, and to reign in the rising costs of doing business in St. Pete. There is no easy path to reach these goals, but I will work hand-in-hand with our public and private sector partners to cut through the red tape and get things done,” Harless said.

Harless, a banker, is running in a one-on-one contest with realtor Brandi Gabbard to succeed Kennedy. Unless another candidate enters the race before the qualifying period at the end of June, the race won’t be decided until November.

The names of the small business folks backing Harless:

Max Glazer – The Shave Cave

Tom Woodard – Pom Poms Sandwicharia

Leisa and Matthew Erikson – Bay Attache Realty Inc.

Lisa Williams – Evolve & Co.

Jason Griffin – The Mill Restaurant

Sylvia Rusche – Sylvia Rusche Insurance Agency

James Ryan – Kalamazoo Olive

Brad Husted – Phoenix3 Marketing LLC

Jacqueline Williams and Todd Wilson – FurnishMe Vintage Store

James Kennedy – James R. Kennedy Law Firm

Renaud Cowez – Tryst Gastro Lounge

Charles Prather – The Birchwood Inn

Bob Devin Jones – The Studio@620

Sonny Hotchkiss – Sonny Hotchkiss PA

Mark Aeling – MGA Sculpture Studio LLC

Mario Farias – Farias Consulting Group

Brian Longstreth – Punky’s Bar & Grill

Brett Anders – The Ale and the Witch

Kevin Lane – Reading Room

Jeffrey Jew – Stillwaters Tavern

Brian Bailey –

Michael Mastry – HavenHome

Dwight Dudley – Law office

Grateful Fed – Sebastian Huber

Ryan Griffin – Mandarin Hide

Scott Wagman – Commercial Property

Andrew Lee – Roundhouse Creative

Nick Janovsky – Strategic Campaigns LLC

Dave Sockol – Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro

Ryan Tarrant  – Cinema Squatch

William “Gill” Lazenby – Ellison & Lazenby PA

Phil Yost – Compass Land & Title

Derek Keyes – Commercial Real Estate

Jesse Landis – Landis Messaging & Media

Ian Gomez – GBY & Associates

Yale Walker – Walker Wealth Management

Mark Lombardi-Nelson – ShootToThrill Media

Mo Epply – MityMo Creative

Pete Boland – The Galley

Joe Rosenthal – Beach Drive Realty

Josh Cameron – Oyster Bay & Lucky Dill



Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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