The Service Employees International Union Florida is backing St. Pete City Council chair Charlie Gerdes for re-election to West St. Pete’s District 1.
“I respect him not only as a Council member but also as a human being, said local union chapter chair Brian “Cricket” Brehm. “When we are out there helping our homeless communities, we also see Mr. Gerdes doing all he can to serve them.”
The union, which represents the SEIU’s public, healthcare and property services workers in the city, is backing Gerdes over his opponent, Monica Abbott.
“He is a vocal supporter of the city workers in their fight for fair wages. He is a strong leader and an integral part of our community due to his proven record of serving with integrity and being inclusive and effective,” Brehm said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Gerdes to improve the services we provide as well as the quality of life for our communities we proudly serve.”
Gerdes faces Abbott in the November 3 citywide election. The union has also backed Steve Kornell for District 5 and Lisa Wheeler-Brown for District 7. Kornell faces Phillip Garrett and Wheeler-Brown is matched up with Will Newton for a heated race to replace Wengay Newton.
District 3, currently served by outgoing council member Bill Dudley, was also up for grabs this election. Ed Montanari was elected to that seat without opposition.