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Karl Nurse gives Gina Driscoll thumbs up as successor in St. Pete District 6

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Citing her longtime service to the community, St. Petersburg City Councilmember Karl Nurse is giving thumbs up to Gina Driscoll as his successor in the District 6 race.

“I believe of the large field of candidates Gina Driscoll is the most ready to step into this city council seat due to her years of civic involvement,” Nurse said in a statement Wednesday.  “Gina is capable of representing the broad range of neighborhoods and has the temperament and drive to be effective on the City Council.”

Nurse, term-limited from running again, has served on the Council for nearly a decade, in time becoming one of the city’s most popular leaders. He has won each of his re-election races by comfortable margins, most recently in 2013 with nearly 70 percent of the vote against Sharon Russ.

Nurse is also president of Bay Tech Label, a St. Petersburg specialty printing company.

“It means so much to me to have Councilmember Nurse’s endorsement,” Driscoll said in a campaign statement. “Councilmember Nurse has done so much for our city during his tenure. I look forward to building on his successes and working every day for the people of District 6 and St. Petersburg on sustainable development, protecting our environment, increasing affordable housing, and creating jobs that pay a living wage.”

In addition to being president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and a Downtown Business Association Board Member, Driscoll also serves on the Organizational Committee of the Central Avenue Council and is a member of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

She is one of eight candidates in the crowded field for District 6 seat, which includes Justin Beam, Robert Blackmon, Eritha Cainion, Corey Givens, James Jackson, James Scott and Maria Scruggs.

District 6 is a sprawling, diverse region that covers encompasses a wide range of communities: downtown, Old Southeast and Midtown, as well as Old Northeast from Ninth Avenue North to the south.

Primaries for both District 6 and St. Pete mayor is Aug. 29. If no single candidate gets 50 percent plus one of the vote – winning the race outright — the two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 7 general election, which will also include District 2 and 4 races.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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