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Justin Bean, Gina Driscoll finish one-two in St. Pete District 6 race; Recount likely

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An eight-person field has narrowed to Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll in the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race. They will face off in 10 weeks to succeed term-limited Karl Nurse. Robert Blackmon came in an extremely close third, behind Driscoll by only four votes, setting off an automatic recount.

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Jesse Nevel insists he’s not splitting progressive vote in St. Pete mayor race

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Uhuru-backed St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel heard complaints from some Rick Kriseman supporters saying his involvement in the primary election has divided the progressive vote and will help Rick Baker win the election. Nevel rejects those charges.

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St. Pete District 6 voters get their say on City Council hopefuls

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An eight-person field in the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council race will become a two-person race after Tuesday night. But it’s far from certain who those two candidates will be, at least until returns begin trickling in starting 7 p.m.

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Jim Kennedy backs Robert Blackmon for St. Pete City Council

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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.

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Maria Scruggs says job in Orange County won’t preclude service on St. Pete City Council

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Maria Scruggs is one of eight candidates running for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat this summer, her fourth attempt for elected office since 2001. The 59-year-old Scruggs keeps busy. Not only does she head the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, but she has also had a grueling daily commute to her job at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Orlando, where she manages the community services drug-testing, pretrial release and diversion programs at the jail.

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Corey Givens Jr., says community co-ops an answer to St. Pete food deserts

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St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens, Jr. believes he has the answer to addressing the city’s food deserts. Food deserts are described as an area, especially those having low-income residents, with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. By that definition, south St. Petersburg definitely qualifies. Givens’ plan is to establish a community co-op between local nonprofits and small-business owners to provide low-income individuals and families with healthy food alternatives. He envisions an area where local residents…

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City Council candidates Robert Blackmon, Jim Jackson exchange attacks during radio forum

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St. Petersburg District 6 candidates Robert Blackmon and Jim Jackson appeared on WMNF’s MidPoint program Thursday, where Blackmon took several verbal shots at Jackson, accusing him of a lack of awareness about what’s going in District, while Jackson spoke critically of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s handling of the sewage crisis. Blackmon and Jackson are two of the eight people running to replace a term limited Karl Nurse in November. Early voting is currently underway for the August 29 primary; the two top…

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