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 – RKC.me
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