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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Barclay Harless announces trio of summer events in St. Pete Council bid

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Barclay Harless is giving supporters not one, but three new opportunities to connect this summer in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council. The 31-year-old banking executive announced a trio of events Wednesday for the upcoming months as he runs for District 2, which covers most of Northeast St. Petersburg. On Sunday, July 9, Harless will be the featured guest at a Young Professionals Bruch hosted by MB Strategies founder Maya Brown and Cesar Hernandez, who currently serves as government…

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St. Pete Council candidate Brandi Gabbard fears loss of workforce housing in city

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Realtors may be rejoicing over the possibility Florida’s homestead exemption could be increased by an additional $25,000 in 2019. Brandi Gabbard is not one of them. The National Association of Realtors director and a candidate in St. Petersburg’s District 2 race this year, Gabbart has “grave” concerns about the proposal, which if approved by the voters in November of 2018 could result in the loss of millions of dollars in revenue to the city. “Anything that causes huge deficits to local…

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Barclay Harless touts dozens of small business owners embracing his bid for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg City Council candidate Barclay Harless unveiled a list of 40 small business owners on Tuesday who are supporting his candidacy for the District 2 seat being vacated later this year by term-limited Jim Kennedy. “Barclay’s private sector experience, coupled with his unique service in the state legislature, on the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission, and on non-profit boards gives him a fresh perspective on how to get things done in City Hall. Our business community wants leaders who are accountable,…

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City Council candidate Barclay Harless talks ‘big ticket’ plans

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Rick Baker‘s entrance into the mayoral race may have sucked up a lot of the public attention in St. Petersburg’s political atmosphere this spring. However, there an interesting race is emerging between two capable candidates in St. Petersburg City Council District 2. Realtor Brandi Gabbard and banker Barclay Harless are vying to succeed a term-limited Jim Kennedy later this year. Although Harless holds a fundraising lead, Gabbard actually raised more campaign cash in April. At Central Avenue’s Oyster Bar Thursday night, friends of Harless…

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Brandi Gabbard qualifies for St Pete City Council race by petition

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For St. Petersburg City Council hopeful Brandi Gabbard, there was little doubt she would collect enough signatures to be on the ballot for District 2 this year. “To me, there was never a question that I would choose to qualify by petition,” Gabbard said in a campaign statement Monday. “This district belongs to the residents and their voices deserve to be heard!” “I wanted the opportunity to introduce myself, hear their concerns, and earn their support,” she continued. “I am grateful…

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Brandi Gabbard has bigger April, but Barclay Harless remains leader in St. Pete District 2 fundraising

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While Realtor Brandi Gabbard had a bigger month of fundraising, rival Barclay Harless continues to lead overall in their one-on-one race for St. Petersburg City Council District 2. Gabbard raised $6,626 in April, more than three times the $1,855 that Harless brought in last month. However, Harless, a banker, took in $31,655 so far. Gabbard’s total is $22,660. Gabbard is a Realtor with Smith & Associates; nearly half the 44 individual contributions she received in April were from those listing realtors as…

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