Amy Foster gets police officers’ endorsement

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Today, St. Petersburg District 8 candidate Amy Foster picked up the endorsement of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association.

“Amy has a good working knowledge of St. Pete police issues and is very supportive of the rank and file and their efforts to thwart crime” said Mark Marland,” President of the SCPBA. “We strongly support her election.”

Foster, who is no relation to Mayor Bill Foster, faces former USF Professor Alex Duensing and Bill Hurley to replace the term-limited Jeff Danner in the City Council. District 8 includes the Grand Central District and Historic Kenwood, both at the center the city’s LGBT community.

The Historic Kenwood resident has been involved in the community since arriving in St. Petersburg more than 10 years ago. She is vice president of St. Pete Pride and one of the founding members of the Industrial Arts Center in Gulfport.

As for her reasons for her run for office, Foster feels the time is right to renew District 8. She supports keeping the Rays in Tropicana Field, or another location within the city limits, as well as developing light rail that could help increase attendance.

Although she does not support saving the inverted pyramid of the Pier, she believes the city does need to move forward. That push to the future is her main motivation to run for City Council.

“I know how to make a difference in building public and private partnerships,” she told the Tampa Bay Times in April.

“I am honored by the support of the Police Benevolent Association,” Foster said in a statement. “We share a strong commitment to making sure our neighborhoods are safe places in which our citizens can confidently live, work and play. I look forward to working with them as a member of St. Petersburg City Council.”

For more information about Foster’s stance on the city’s issues, visit



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