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Charlie Gerdes backs Gina Driscoll for St. Pete City Council

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District 6 candidate Gina Driscoll announced an endorsement Tuesday from one of her would-be colleagues on the St. Petersburg City Council.

Councilman Charlie Gerdes said in a prepared statement that he was “proud” to support Driscoll, who is running against Justin Bean in the runoff election to replace termed-out council member Karl Nurse.

“Gina knows how to bring people and neighborhoods together, and District 6 needs a representative with that kind of experience,” Gerdes said. “I am confident that she will work together with St. Pete residents and City Council to address the city’s most pressing issues like affordable housing, public safety, and supporting our schools.”

Driscoll said she was “humbled” by the endorsement and that she looked forward to working with him and the rest of the city council if elected. Earlier in her campaign, she picked up an endorsement from Nurse.

Driscoll is the president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, which encompasses the area from Fifth Avenue North to Fifth Avenue South and westward into the Edge District.

In the eight-way primary race for District 6, she finished with about 18 percent of the vote, four votes higher than third-place finisher Robert Blackmon, which triggered an automatic recount.

Bean took first place in the primary race with about 21 percent of the vote.

District 6 voters will decide between Driscoll and Bean during the Nov. 7 general election. Absentee ballots for the race are tentatively scheduled to go out October 3.

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