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City Council hopefuls clash on plans for Southside

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Eight men and women competing for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat gathered Thursday night at the Greater Mount Zion AME Church in South St. Pete for the second debate of the campaign. Though the diverse District 6 encompasses parts of downtown, Old Northeast and Midtown, for the second consecutive forum, the focus remained firmly on the city’s southside. It also meant — for the second straight time — Uhuru candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion had enthusiastic supporters madly cheering, so loudly…

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The audience is the star of first debate in St. Pete City Council race

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With nine candidates vying to become the next City Council member representing St.Petersburg’s District 6, political forums and debates are going to be crucial for voters to understand who all of the people are who are running and what they stand for. On Thursday night at the Sunshine Center, the public got its first opportunity to hear from all of the candidates, although the event was designed for the candidates to actually listen more than speak. Those on stage heard…

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St. Pete Council candidate Justin Bean pushes ‘community-led economic development’

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With Ziya Kardas entering the race, the number of candidates now vying for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat stands at nine. That means it’s likely that no candidate will earn the 50-percent-plus-one-vote needed to win the August 29 primary. Even if one candidate does get a bigger percentage of the vote, the race to succeed Karl Nurse will go citywide. Justin Bean hopes he’ll be one of two survivors making it to November. The small business owner and civic activist says…

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Ziya Kardas becomes ninth candidate to enter the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race

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 Ziya Kardas has becomes the ninth candidate filing to run for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race. The USFSP graduate student and small-business person is seeking to succeed term-limited Karl Nurse later this year. “I am running because I believe in public service and I believe in St. Petersburg,” says the 26-year-old St. Pete native. Kardas is currently finishing his MBA this summer at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He also manages Pro-Shield Roof Restoration and a real estate development…

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Corey Givens hosting downtown business owners fundraiser May 8

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A group of downtown businesses owners will be hosting a reception next week to support Corey Givens Jr. in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council. The event will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Parkshore Grill, 300 Beach Dr. NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Givens is running for the District 6 seat, which encompasses portions of downtown, Midtown, Old Northeast, Bahama Shores and other Southeast neighborhoods. Term-limited Karl Nurse currently holds the seat. “The purpose of this…

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James Scott latest to join fray in St. Pete City Council District 6

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With the entry of environmental activist James Scott, the list of candidates for St. Petersburg City Council District 6 grows to eight. The USFSP graduate student announced his candidacy Tuesday morning on the steps of St. Pete’s City Hall. A December 2014 University of South Florida St. Petersburg graduate in Environmental Science and Policy, Scott is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Florida Studies. Although he’s been called an environmental activist, Scott is all about sustainability, which he says is about balancing economic, environmental…

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Justin Bean joins crowded field running in St. Pete’s District 6

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Local businessman and civic activist Justin Bean is the latest candidate to jump into the crowded field vying for District 6 on St. Petersburg’s City Council. The 30-year-old Uptown district resident is the business development and sales manager at Reusable Transport Packaging, a web-based sales and marketing company in downtown St. Petersburg. Bean is also the chair of the Williams Park Partnership and founder of SmartBurg, an organization focused on economic growth and development in the city. Bean ramped up his interest in city affairs during…

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