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Alex Sink gets behind Steve Kornell for re-election

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Steve Kornell is getting key support in his bid for re-election to the St. Pete City Council. Former state chief financial officer and former gubernatorial and congressional candidate Alex Sink is co-hosting a reception supporting his campaign.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and activist Larry Biddle join Sink in her support.

The event is hosted by Pinellas Democratic Party chair Susan McGrath, political organizer Nick Janovsky, political scientist and former State Senate candidate Judithanne McLaughlan and her husband, Ramsay, former mayoral candidate Scott Wagman, Linda Lucas, Lorraine Landlois, Annie Hiotis, as well as Connie Lancaster, Toni Russell, Paul Wilborn and Peter Wallace.

The reception will be at the home of Larry Biddle located at 913 Prospect Court South in St. Petersburg.

Hosts suggest donations between $100 and $500 for the event on May 19 from 7-8:30 p.m.

As of the end of March, Kornell had already raised more than $26,000 for his campaign.

Kornell has not yet drawn a challenger.

This is Kornell’s third campaign for his seat. He replaced former City Council member Jamie Bennett for the District 5 Pinellas Point seat after Bennett vacated the position to run unsuccessfully for mayor.

If elected, it would be Kornell’s final four years due to term limits.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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