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Lisa Wheeler-Bowman endorses Gina Driscoll for City Council

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Except for Ed Montanari, the eight-person St. Pete City Council is made up of Democrats.

So, it’s not unusual that most of them back fellow Democrat Gina Driscoll in her race against Republican Justin Bean for the St. Pete City Council District 6 race.

While technically a nonpartisan race, no one associated with the Democrats in Pinellas County and Florida is treating it as such, so it’s not a surprise that Lisa Wheeler-Bowman has become the latest Democratic member of the council to back Driscoll in Nov. 7 election.

“I’m endorsing Gina because we can trust her to listen to all of our residents and do the right thing for the City of St. Petersburg,” said Wheeler-Bowman. “She is a public servant at heart, and I know we’ll be able to work together to build stronger neighborhoods throughout the city and bring meaningful economic development to South St. Pete.”

“I’m so honored to have the support of Council Vice Chair Wheeler-Bowman,” Driscoll said Thursday. “I have so much respect for the work she’s done for our city, both during her time on City Council and before. I look forward to working with her once I’m elected.”

Driscoll has previously been endorsed by Darden Rice, Charlie Gerdes and Karl Nurse.

Early voting by mail began earlier this week in the District 6 race. Election Day is Nov. 7.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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