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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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Lisa Wheeler-Bowman: Corey Givens ‘passion’ makes him best choice for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is endorsing Corey Givens, Jr. in his bid for St. Petersburg District 6. “Corey Givens is the best choice for voters,” Wheeler-Brown, who represents District 7, said in a statement Tuesday. “He embodies the knowledge, leadership, and experience required to serve such a uniquely diverse district. I’ve worked closely with Corey over the years and I can truly say that his passion and love for community is genuine.” “I personally would like to thank Lisa for standing with me,” Givens responds. “District…

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Justin Bean top fundraiser in St. Pete City Council District 6 field with $12K haul for April

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St. Petersburg District 6 City Council hopeful Justin Bean is reporting more than $12,000 in campaign contributions since he entered the contest last month, by far the most raised of anyone in the eight person field. In fact, the $12,000 is more than what any of the other candidates have raised overall this year, with Corey Givens second with $9,304. Among those contributing to Bean, a registered Republican, were Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Nick DiCeglie, who chipped in $500.…

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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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