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Rick Kriseman picks-up major endorsements from South St. Pete leaders

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Rick Kriseman announced a number of high-profile endorsements from St. Petersburg’s African-American community Friday as he continues to build momentum for his re-election. State Senator Darryl Rouson, County Commissioner Ken Welch, School Board member Rene Flowers and City Council Vice-Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman all said they would be supporting Kriseman. “Mayor Kriseman has led on important issues and confronted big challenges” said Welch, who has served on the Pinellas County Commission since 2000. “His leadership has helped to bridge what was…

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Rick Kriseman says St. Petersburg ‘under siege’ by bad bills, budget cuts

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Donald Trump’s proposed budget and bad bills in Tallahassee are putting cities “under siege,” according to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Our city is under siege by bad proposed bills and budgets,” Kriseman said in a news conference Thursday. Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman joined the mayor to speak in front of a home in South St. Petersburg. Urging residents to call their representatives in protest, the mayor blasted the Trump administration for efforts to shut down the Community Development Block…

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Andrew Gillum announces a dozen endorsements from local leaders

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Add a dozen more local government officials to the list of Floridians backing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor. Gillum’s campaign announced 12 new local endorsements, bringing the the total number of endorsements to nearly 20 in the month since he announced his 2018 gubernatorial bid. In a joint statement released by the Gillum campaign, elected officials said they were backing Gillum because he “has the experience and vision to make life better for every one of our constituents.” “Mayor…

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Four St. Petersburg City Council members announce support for Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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With the hire of a campaign manager earlier this week, Rick Kriseman‘s re-election campaign is in full swing, more than seven months before Election Day. Four members of the St. Petersburg City Council — Chair Darden Rice along with Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Amy Foster and Charlie Gerdes — announced Wednesday that they are endorsing the mayor. “Councilmembers Rice, Wheeler-Bowman, Foster, and Gerdes have been great allies for progress on our city council,” Kriseman said in a statement. “I have worked closely with each…

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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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Darden Rice says she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer

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Darden Rice, who serves as St. Petersburg City Council chair, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. “I’ve always championed transparency and have been straightforward with my friends, family, colleagues and constituents. You have placed your trust in me – for that reason I am disclosing a deeply personal issue in my life: I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” Rice said in a statement Monday, adding both her and her doctors are confident on the treatment plan. “I expect to fully…

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