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Robert Blackmon to hold fundraiser tonight, last one before St. Pete District 6 primary

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This evening, Robert Blackmon holds his final fundraiser before the Aug. 29 St. Petersburg City Council primary.

The 28-year-old St. Petersburg native is one of nine candidates vying for District 6, to succeed term limited Karl Nurse in a diverse part of the city that includes downtown and parts of the Old Northeast and Midtown, a largely African-American neighborhood.

Blackmon’s fundraiser begins 6 p.m. at The Ale and Witch, 111 Second Avenue NE in downtown St. Petersburg.

According to the event’s Facebook invite, Blackmon calls it “a crucial time and I need all the support I can get.”

A graduate of St. Petersburg High School, Blackmon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State in 2011. Since then, he has worked in real estate investments, buying, renovating and renting out and managing apartments and condominiums. That background, Blackmon told Florida Politics, is what helped shape his view on the issue of affordable housing in the city, a leading topic of his campaign.

Blackmon and his supporters will be available to hand out yard signs and T-shirts, and food will be available. For those who cannot attend, donations are accepted at blackmon4stpete.com.

Among those in the crowded field include Corey Givens, Jr., Jim Jackson, Sharon Russ, Maria Scruggs, Eritha “Akile” Cainion, Justin Bean, Gina Driscoll and James Scott.

The primary is Aug. 29, and the two top vote-getters will advance to the general election is Nov. 7.

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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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