Realtor Brandi Gabbard has filed papers to run for the District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.
“I have been selling real estate since 2005 and have gained an intricate knowledge of our city,” Gabbard says on her campaign Facebook page.
She adds, “I see through the eyes of current residents and those moving here what our strengths are but also our weaknesses. The resurgence of our downtown is astounding and something to be so proud of. Now is the time to spread that throughout our great city. I see a vision for the Gateway area that will provide that same vibrancy but on a smaller scale serving our residents right here in their backyard.”
Gabbard said she grew up in a small town in Indiana as the only child of a single mother who often worked several jobs to make ends meet. Her upbringing, she said, taught her the value of hard work and never giving up.
Her experience as a Realtor, she said, gave her the opportunity to “advocate on behalf of business people and property owners. I have been working not only on St Pete and Pinellas County issues but with officials at the state and national level.”
Gabbard was president of the Pinellas Realtor Organization in 2014.
The District 2 seat, currently held by Jim Kennedy, covers the Gateway area of the city. Banker Barclay Harless has also filed papers to run for that seat.
The primary election is Aug. 29 and the general election is Nov. 7. The winner will serve a four-year term.