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Christine Brown to hold campaign kickoff in Gulfport City Council re-election bid

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Christine Anne Brown is holding a campaign kickoff event for her re-election to the Gulfport City Council.

The event is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pia’s Trattoria, 3054 Beach Blvd. in Gulfport.

Brown is running again for Ward 2, which covers much of the city’s waterfront. She faces local business woman Linda Bailey.

Born in Honolulu to a Navy family, Brown moved frequently as a child. By 1988, she landed in Pinellas County, graduating from St. Petersburg’s Lakewood High School.

Brown moved to Gulfport in 1996, where she and Lou Worthington purchased a home on 53rd Street and 28th Avenue South. The two married in 1998. In 2007, Brown explained to the Gabber newspaper the move was for her young daughter, Elizabeth Brown-Worthington.

Before her 2013 Ward 2 victory — replacing Barbara Banno, who chose not to run for re-election — Brown ran twice for city council.

According to the Gabber, Brown had been a member of Gulfport’s firefighter pension board until she qualified for the Ward 2 seat, which she resigned to prevent a conflict of interest. Brown also served as a volunteer firefighter before the city switched to a paid fire department. She had volunteered with the Gulfport community emergency response team (CERT). She taught math at Boca Ciega High School, and served as treasurer for the Gulfport Historical Society.

“We need a public/private government team to work together to help Gulfport,” she told a reporter in 2013.

Both Brown and Bailey are scheduled to attend a “Meet the Candidates” forum Thursday, Feb. 2 beginning 7 p.m. at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. The forum will be broadcast on the City of Gulfport Television Station, Channel 640 on Spectrum Cable, as well as on the City’s website: mygulfport.us.

Gulfport’s municipal elections are March 14. Last day for new voter registration is Monday, Feb. 13, and the deadline to request a mail ballot is March 8.

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