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Corey Givens Jr., says community co-ops an answer to St. Pete food deserts

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St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens, Jr. believes he has the answer to addressing the city’s food deserts. Food deserts are described as an area, especially those having low-income residents, with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. By that definition, south St. Petersburg definitely qualifies. Givens’ plan is to establish a community co-op between local nonprofits and small-business owners to provide low-income individuals and families with healthy food alternatives. He envisions an area where local residents…

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City Council candidates Robert Blackmon, Jim Jackson exchange attacks during radio forum

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St. Petersburg District 6 candidates Robert Blackmon and Jim Jackson appeared on WMNF’s MidPoint program Thursday, where Blackmon took several verbal shots at Jackson, accusing him of a lack of awareness about what’s going in District, while Jackson spoke critically of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s handling of the sewage crisis. Blackmon and Jackson are two of the eight people running to replace a term limited Karl Nurse in November. Early voting is currently underway for the August 29 primary; the two top…

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Corey Givens Jr. pushing for affordable housing in South St. Pete

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A lack of affordable housing has become one of the key issues in this summer’s St. Petersburg municipal elections, particularly in the economically challenged area of Midtown. City Council hopeful Corey Givens Jr. wants to address the issue by creating a local fund dedicated specifically to preserving and developing affordable housing in South St. Petersburg.

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Gina Driscoll looks to parlay key endorsement into campaign success

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Candidates for the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council seat gathered for a meet-and-greet opportunity Monday night at the Coquina Key Clubhouse in Coquina Key, the island in the southeastern part of the district. It was a relatively low-key affair, with candidates given a minute before and after the event to interact with members of the community; many confessed beforehand they knew very little about the eight candidates in the race. In her introduction, Gina Driscoll opted not to refer to her…

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District 6 candidates discuss housing and homelessness during LWV debate

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Affordable housing has become one of the hottest issues in St. Petersburg politics as was evidenced Monday night when the topic was front and center during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. At Monday night’s forum, all eight candidates running in the District 6 race spoke out on the issue, as well as homelessness, economic development, the Pier, campaign finance, sustainability and other traditional fare heard at every council debate to date.

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Tampa Bay Times still mum on distribution of tickets to mayoral debate

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More than 24 hours after tickets for an upcoming mayoral debate were to be distributed to the public, sponsors of the event say are still unsure about how they plan to fill the seats at the one-hour forum. The debate is scheduled for July 25 at the Palladium in downtown St. Petersburg. It will air live on Bay News 9, making it possibly the most important night so far of the campaign. “We’re discussing our plans with our partners to…

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St. Pete Council candidate Jim Jackson suggests splitting Pinellas School Board

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Jim Jackson says it’s time to seriously explore the idea of splitting the Pinellas County School Board in two. Jackson, one of nine candidates in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race, writes on the platform he would enact if elected: “While all of School Districts [sic] in the state are structured by county, there has been a discussion for years of splitting the Pinellas Schools into two districts separated approximately by Ulmerton Road.” Florida has 74 separate school boards, one for each of the…

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