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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 years, Gabbard is running against banker Barclay Harless for the open seat being vacated by a term-limited Jim Kennedy.

“Foster’s experience working on affordable housing, supporting small businesses, and bringing a fiscally responsible voice to Council on budget issues mirrors many of the same issues I am passionate about,” Gabbard said. “I am deeply grateful for Councilwoman Foster’s support and look forward to working with her and the entire City Council.”

The only other current member of Council to weigh in the race, District 7’s Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, is backing Harless in the contest.

Foster will be on the ballot in St. Petersburg later this year, as she runs for re-election for her District 8 seat. At the moment, she is running unopposed.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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