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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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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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Before forum fracas, City Council candidates weigh in on redevelopment of Tropicana Field, noise ordinance and campaign finance

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Before the League of Women Voters’s mayoral debate at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront ended in chaos Monday night, the eight candidates running for the District 6 City Council seat engaged in an hour-long, policy-driven forum. Among the questions posed to the candidates included what should happen to the site of Tropicana Field at 16th Street South – 85 acres of prime time real estate – if (and when?) the Tampa Bay Rays leave the site for another stadium. Mayor Rick…

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St. Pete mayoral, council hopefuls to hold forums in July

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In St. Petersburg, election season is well underway. Over the next week or so, St. Pete voters will get a chance to hear directly from candidates running for mayor and city council.

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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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For St. Pete Council hopeful Robert Blackmon, knowing needs of diverse District 6 is key

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Speaking at the Fish Tales Seafood House in St. Petersburg, City Council candidate Robert Blackmon noted that while he loves the restaurant’s Salt Creek location, the adjacent waterway still needs work. “Salt Creek leads through underneath Fourth Street into Bartlett Lake,” the District 6 hopeful told supporters at his fundraiser there Wednesday. “It is theoretically passable by kayak but, it’s almost impossible.” “I talked to the city recently,” he added. “We need to get that cleared and turned into an…

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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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