After hours of debate, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a campaign-finance reform measure Thursday, which could have national implications. The final vote was 6-2, with Council members Ed Montanari and Jim Kennedy dissenting. Once the final vote became clear, the crowd in city chambers erupted with cheers.
The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office on Friday said the first batch of ballots for St. Petersburg’s Nov. 7 general election are in the mail. The office sent 3,962 postmarked ballots, but that total includes voters in the municipal elections set for Clearwater, Dunedin and Seminole as well as St. Pete.
Rick Kriseman‘s strong advocacy of St. Petersburg police chief Tony Holloway has become a campaign issue in the race against Rick Baker, but it won’t be in the race for City Council District 2. Both Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard both support Holloway staying on the job, regardless of who is elected mayor in November.
There’s been relatively little focus on the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 race between Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard, but that will change once the calendar turns to September.
St. Petersburg City Councilman Jim Kennedy is throwing his support to Robert Blackmon in the crowded campaign to succeed Karl Nurse in the City Council District 6 race.
St. Petersburg banker Barclay Harless has received the endorsement of the Suncoast Sierra Club. The support comes as a welcome boost to Harless’ bid to win the City Council District 2 race in November.
In what Barclay Harless‘ campaign hopes will be a game changer, the Service Employees International Union Florida Public Services Union (SEIUFPSU) announced it’s endorsing him for St. Petersburg City Council District 2.