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Barclay Harless announces run for St. Petersburg City Council

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Barclay Harless, a 31-year-old banker and former aide to state Sen. Darryl Rouson, will be running for District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council next year. Harless announced Tuesday he will be seeking the seat currently held by Jim Kennedy, who is term-limited out of office next year. “We have a great city and we want to keep it that way and we want to improve upon everything that’s been built over the past two decades,” Harless said last week as to why…

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St. Pete Chamber of Commerce adds education to its 2016 legislative priorities

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is backing the usual suspects this Legislative Session, but this year, the pro-business group is adding a new priority to its list: education. Following the high-profile “Failure Factories” investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, the chamber decided to get on board with some potential fixes. The exposé uncovered five chronically failing elementary schools in Pinellas County, all in South St. Pete. Much has been debated about improving the educational outcomes for students attending…

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