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Announcing another bid for St. Pete mayor, Rick Baker savages Rick Kriseman

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Speaking in impassioned tones Tuesday, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is ready to tangle head on against incumbent Rick Kriseman. “You’re going to hear a lot about Republicans and Democrats over the next few months,” Baker said as he formally announced his bid for mayor on the steps of St. Pete City Hall. “Because that’s that’s the only thing they have.” Baker was referring to earlier statements from Kriseman’s campaign manager about Baker’s support for Republicans like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin…

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St. Pete Firefighters endorse Brandi Gabbard for City Council District 2

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Realtor Brandi Gabbard received a boost this week in her campaign for City Council District 2 by winning the endorsement of the St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters. “Our local firefighters enthusiastically support the candidacy of Brandi Gabbard for St. Petersburg City Council, District 2,” said Richard E. Pauley Jr., president of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), Local 747. “We found her to be well-informed and convincingly committed to our city’s public safety personnel. As a successful business woman, a proven leader in her profession,…

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Jim Kennedy endorses Barclay Harless to replace him on St. Pete Council

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Jim Kennedy, the current St. Petersburg District 2 City Council member, is endorsing Barclay Harless to be his replacement. An advocate for maintaining strong reserves and keeping spending in check, Kennedy was appointed to the seat in October 2007 and twice elected by strong margins. In a statement Friday, Kennedy said the district he will have represented for nearly 10 years has many opportunities ahead, needing strong leadership and a fresh perspective. Over his tenure, Kennedy worked to revitalize the area, and now he is ready to pass…

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St. Pete City Council considers resolution on St. Pete being a welcoming city to all

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A day after a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, the St. Petersburg City Council made its own expression about the divisiveness in the country. Council members Thursday unanimously approving a resolution to bring to committee a declaration that the City of St. Petersburg is inclusive and welcoming for all its residents. The full language of resolution, proposed by Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, reads: A resolution declaring the City of…

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Amy Foster endorses Brandi Gabbard for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Amy Foster is backing Brandi Gabbard in her campaign for the Council’s District 2 seat. “I am impressed with Brandi Gabbard’s drive and authentic brand of leadership,” Foster said in a statement. “I’m confident she will serve both St. Petersburg families and businesses well. Given her record of leadership in her profession, I’m confident she will get things done.” The endorsement by Foster is an early big get for Gabbard. A realtor in Pinellas County for the past 12…

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Lisa Wheeler-Bowman endorses Barclay Harless in St Pete City Council District 2 race

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District 7 St. Pete City Council Member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is endorsing Barclay Harless in the race for City Council District 2. “We need to make our city better in all corners and give all residents an equal playing field and opportunities. Barclay has worked in Midtown, and he understands we need to improve neighborhoods throughout our city by working to improve transportation, eliminate food deserts, bring sustainable jobs into all areas and give our kids the skills to compete for livable…

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St. Pete City Council candidate Barclay Harless hosting young professional fundraiser Feb. 21

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A trio of local young professionals are holding a fundraiser next week to support Barclay Harless in his bid for St. Petersburg City Council. The event is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Brewer’s Tasting Room, 11270 4th St. N in St. Petersburg. Suggested contribution is $50. Harless is running for the District 2 seat, which covers most of Northeast St. Petersburg and is now held by term-limited Jim Kennedy. Hosting the event are attorney Gill Lazenby, banker Mark Stroud Jr., and…

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