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Builders and contractors group gets behind Justin Bean’s City Council bid

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Considering that he’s one of the very few registered Republicans running in the St. Petersburg District 6 race, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Justin Bean has received an endorsement from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC). ABC has a successful record of backing many Republicans in local races over the years.

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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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Hot on the trail: Fundraising notes from the St. Pete municipal races

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Candidates for St. Petersburg City Council faced a Friday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through June 23. Inside these finance reports are some interesting tidbits of information. Here are a few data points which stood out.

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City Council hopefuls clash on plans for Southside

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Eight men and women competing for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat gathered Thursday night at the Greater Mount Zion AME Church in South St. Pete for the second debate of the campaign. Though the diverse District 6 encompasses parts of downtown, Old Northeast and Midtown, for the second consecutive forum, the focus remained firmly on the city’s southside. It also meant — for the second straight time — Uhuru candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion had enthusiastic supporters madly cheering, so loudly…

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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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Now officially on the ballot, Corey Givens Jr. lays out platform

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St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens, Jr., officially qualified for the ballot Thursday and said he was pleased to do at the same time that the city was raising the Pride flag at City Hall. “The sun is shining bright in St. Petersburg today. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone occasion, than by celebrating with our allies in the LGBTQ community.” Givens said in a statement. “I’m uplifted by the intensity of…

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